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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 23, 2019

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SUNDAY, June 23                                    2 Pentecost

Luke 8:35 Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from who the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.

The encounter between Jesus and the Gerasene demoniac means a lot to me. I see myself in this man—not that I run around naked among the tombs, but I have let other forces sway me. No matter what I did, or whatever steps I took to change things, I would “be driven by the demon into the wilds.”

When I finally found myself figuratively naked and afraid—with nowhere to look but to the One who was reaching out toward me—things changed. The grace I experienced shook me to my core, igniting a transformative process of sanctification in my life. I am far from perfect, but like that man Jesus heals among the tombs, I am—thanks be to God—clothed, in my right mind, and sitting at the feet of Jesus.

MOVING FORWARD: Spend an extra five minutes at Jesus’ feet today.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ontario (Canada)

Ps 42 and 43 or Ps 22:18-27 | 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a or Isaiah 65:1-9 | Galatians 3:23-29 | Luke 8:26-39

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