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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 23, 2020

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MONDAY, March 23                  Gregory the Illuminator

Mark 7:37 They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

An unaccompanied woman with a demon-possessed daughter initiating a conversation with a strange man will prompt some controversial responses. Even Jesus is prickly. Then Jesus blows God’s love and healing power wide open, negating ethnic, political, and social boundaries by speaking to a woman—a Gentile woman. Next, we meet a deaf man—another outsider—marginalized by his inability to hear and communicate with others. Jesus responds immediately by healing and restoring him to his community.

How many countless outsiders have been drawn in by the gospel of grace and salvation? We are all included in this gift, regardless of our demographics. It is only by God’s grace that we are fed at a table that is immeasurably larger than we can imagine, set with an abundant, life-giving feast for all.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you been included? When have you been excluded? What was the difference between those instances? How does this story challenge you?

PRAY for the Diocese of Kampala (Uganda)

Ps 89:1-18 * 89:19-52 | Genesis 49:1-28 | 1 Corinthians 10:14—11:1 | Mark 7:24-37



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