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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 26, 2021

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THURSDAY, August 26

Psalm 18:27 With the pure you show yourself pure, but with the crooked you are wily.

I love this psalm verse. Wily is a fun word, but outside of a cartoon coyote, we don’t use it much and almost never for God. Yet we see Jesus, Paul, and Solomon in today’s readings being wily with people who are crooked in order to accomplish God’s purposes.

Jesus wants to have a final Passover meal with his disciples but doesn’t want his betrayer to know the location. Instead of telling his disciples in advance where they will meet, he tells them to follow a man with a water jar to the right room. Jesus ensures that his disciples receive the gift of the first eucharist since Judas cannot tell the authorities where to find him until after the meal.

Similarly, Paul has a centurion jettison the ship’s lifeboats rather than let sailors sneak away and leave his party to their deaths. In the reading from Kings, Solomon uses a wily trick to discern which of the two women before him is an infant’s true mother.

Much of Christian teaching rightly emphasizes purity. Sometimes, we also need to be wily.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you been wily for Jesus?

PRAY for the Diocese of Egypt

Ps 18:1-20 * 18:21-50 | 1 Kings 3:16-28 | Acts 27:27-44 | Mark 14:12-26



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