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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 26, 2020

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SUNDAY, July 26                           8 Pentecost

Matthew 13:51-52 [Jesus asked], “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Jesus spends a significant amount of time telling us parables about how things are, how they are going to be, and how we can do better. He’s always telling us what to look for, how things will feel, explaining to us what to do when people are hurting or afraid or need help. He uses everyday examples, practical stories that are familiar. He reminds us of the stories we heard as little kids—and of the ways they are still true.

Jesus teaches us with unmistakable examples, using things we have seen before—not alien or exotic stories outside of our context or ordinary lives. He does this because he wants us to understand the kingdom of God when we see it, so we will run to tell everyone we know that it has come near.

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PRAY for the Dioceses of Maseno North (Kenya), Utah, and Honduras

Ps 105:1-11,45b or 128 or 119:129-136 | Genesis 29:15-28 or 1 Kings 3:5-12 | Romans 8:26-39 | Matthew 13:31-33,44-52



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