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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 23, 2021

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TUESDAY, March 23                  Gregory the Illuminator

John 9:35 Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

In this passage, Jesus welcomes an outcast into the fold, and rather than accepting the pronouncements of the religious leaders of the time, he engages with the outcast. Jesus asks questions. Jesus listens.

Every Sunday, we pray for peace. But how can there be peace when we bring our judgments into our places of worship? How can there be peace when we do not allow ourselves to be peaceful?

When offered the sign of peace, do we accept it, or do we just wave it off? Is it sincere, or is it just a gesture? Jesus continuously reminds us not to worry about the situations around us and to focus our faith on God. These are different ways of preaching peace to us.

To start the work of peace, we must first listen to those around us. When we listen, when we put our faith in God, when we welcome others, we will find peace.

MOVING FORWARD: Seek out someone different from you, and listen to their story.

PRAY for the Diocese of Bakuru (Nigeria)

Ps [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127] | Jeremiah 25:8-17 | Romans 10:1-13 | John 9:18-41

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