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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 24, 2021

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WEDNESDAY, November 24         [Catherine, Alexandria, Barbara, Nicomedia, and Margaret, Antioch]

1 Peter 2:6-7 For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner.”

Christ is the living stone, the cornerstone, in the foundation of the church. When I think about this imagery, I am reminded of certain parts of the Lakota creation story and a ceremony. The creation story begins with Inyan (the stone), which is considered the oldest living spirit. In the ceremony, heated stones are brought into the Inipi (sweat lodge), and water is poured over them. The steam that is created is the sacred, life-giving breath of Inyan. It also cleanses the body.

Sacred stones are also given to individuals as protection. Our famous leader Crazy Horse was given a stone that had a hole in it that allowed him to wear it next to his ear. It was given to him to wear in battle for protection.

Christ is the living stone who gives life, a gift we all have through his sacrifice and love.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you honor the living stone of Christ?

PRAY for the Diocese of Ibba (South Sudan)

Ps 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130 | Obadiah 15-21 | 1 Peter 2:1-10 | Matthew 19:23-30

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