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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 24, 2019

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SATURDAY, August 24
Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Psalm 91:9-10 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your habitation, there shall no evil happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

Bad things happen to good people. And yet, the Lord is our refuge and our habitation and we are under God’s protection. We must hold these two conflicting facts in tension.

Bartholomew is a good companion in this hard task of faith in part because very little is known about him. Tradition says he may have spread the gospel to India and Armenia. Because some stories say he was martyred by being flayed alive, Bartholomew is often depicted in religious art holding a knife.

Although we prefer to know what is going on—we like to have God all figured out—practicing our faith is not about certainty. Sometimes the most faithful thing we can do is to keep going, slogging our way down unknown paths, through contradictions and plagues, always in the good company of vague and holy saints.

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PRAY for the Diocese of Saskatchewan (Canada)

Ps 91 or 91:1-4 | Deuteronomy 18:15-18 | 1 Corinthians 4:9-15 | Luke 22:24-30



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