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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 21, 2020

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THURSDAY, May 21                           Ascension Day

Philippians 2:1-3 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.

From the Archives: October 23, 1946

Paul is here exhorting the Christians in Philippi to have that mind which was in Christ Jesus, knowing that if they were selfless as he was, they would be humble servants to their fellowmen.

Imagine a community today where all the Christians, or even a goodly number of them, put the other person’s interests first. Think of the transforming power that would be released to renew the life of the community.

Last spring when the first steamer with displaced persons from the American occupation zone in Germany arrived in New York, churchwomen were enlisted to greet and serve them. A young man expressing his gratitude said, “Today has been a little bit of heaven.”

Can you make today a little bit of heaven for someone?

MOVING FORWARD: Which secular songs remind you of gospel truths? Listen to a few today.

Read the contemporary reflection here.

PRAY for the Diocese of Leeds (England)

Ps 47 or 93 | Acts 1:1-11 | Ephesians 1:15-23 | Luke 24:44-53

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