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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 26, 2020

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THURSDAY, March 26                           Harriet Monsell

John 19:38-39a Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.

From The Archives: July 20, 1969

Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece, some would say, is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Like Nicodemus, he came to his work with mixed motives, but Michelangelo’s motives changed, and he stayed with his work until it became his glory.

Not all of us can be Michelangelos. But all of us can learn the same kind of utter loyalty to our vision of the highest, of the best we know.

Jesus is the best we know or can imagine. It is not enough to seek him out, as Nicodemus did, though that is necessary. It is not enough to stand up for him on special occasions, though that is important. Like Nicodemus we are called upon to stay with Jesus until the end, offering him our love, our loyalty, and our very lives.

MOVING FORWARD: Many people find meditating on the names of Jesus to be a wonderful way to calm their minds. See if you can find a list—or make one of your own—that works for you.

Read the contemporary reflection here.

PRAY for the Diocese of Kanyakumari (South India)

Ps 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73 | Exodus 1:6-22 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 | Mark 8:27-9:1

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