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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 23, 2019

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SATURDAY, November 23

Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like an ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

The biblical authors employ a wide variety of images and metaphors for how God is or what God is like or how things will be when they are made right, but the descriptions only serve to whet our appetite for what lies ahead. One of Isaiah’s favorite metaphors for this restored vision of creation is a mountain as the venue for the recreation and renewal of all that is good—and the elimination of all that is evil.

The common thread that emerges throughout the arc of redemption is that the kingdom of God comes to fruition from a place of deep and abiding reconciliation. In our own days of deepening polarization between friends, families, and communities of faith, how can we not be drawn to this vision like iron filings to a magnet? We cannot achieve it, only receive it.

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PRAY for the Dioceses of Santiago (Chile) and Santiago (Philippines)

Ps 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33 | Isaiah 65:17-25 Revelation 22:14-21 | Matthew 18:21-35

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