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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 24, 2019

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SUNDAY, November 24
Last Sunday after Pentecost

Colossians 1:19-20a For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him was pleased to reconcile himself to all things.

Division and enslavement by sin is the default human condition. It dogs us every day of our lives and at every level of our lives. It mars relationships between people in families, in local communities, among nations, and yes, even in churches. In the collect for today, we acknowledge that the peoples of the earth are “divided and enslaved by sin,” and we implore God to be “freed and brought together under [the] most gracious rule” of “the King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Reconciliation is critical. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, has repeatedly said that reconciliation is not just part of the gospel; reconciliation is the gospel. But, in both our catechism and in Colossians, this restoration to unity happens in a very particular way—in Christ. It is “in him” that the “fullness of God” is found, and “through him” that restoration to unity takes place. It flows from the cross of Christ.

MOVING FORWARD: Sometimes the last Sunday after Pentecost is called Christ the King Sunday. Do a little research about this.

PRAY for the Diocese of the Falkland Islands

Canticle 4 or 16 or Ps 46 | Jeremiah 23:1-6 | Colossians 1:11-20 | Luke 23:33-43

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