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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 23, 2020

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FRIDAY, October 23          Saint James of Jerusalem

Matthew 13:57b But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.”

Today we remember James of Jerusalem, one of Jesus’ brothers. Some believe that James was Jesus’ biological brother, while others disagree. Nevertheless, James clearly knew Jesus as a very human brother, with faults and failings like his own. As it was for others in the small town of Nazareth, James struggled to imagine his brother as anything more than human.

This raises interesting questions for us. Did Mary and Joseph ever talk with their other children about the unusual events surrounding Jesus’ conception and birth? Was Jesus their favorite? Did they have a hard time treating all their children equally? What was it like for James to have his own brother appear alive before him, after a brutal and public execution?

Clearly Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance made a lasting impression on his brother because James became the leader of the infant church in Jerusalem.

MOVING FORWARD: What questions do you have about James or Jesus’ family? Make a plan to research and discover the answers to your questions.

PRAY for the Church of Nigeria

Ps 1 | Acts 15:12-22a | 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 | Matthew 13:54-58

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