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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 27, 2020

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MONDAY, January 27         John Chrysostom

Psalm 52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Olive trees are central to life in biblical times. Agriculture, the economy, and social life revolve around this sturdy tree and its fruit. Kings and prophets are anointed with its oil.

The prophet Jeremiah likens Israel, when it was obedient to God, to a “green olive tree, fair with goodly fruit.” Jeremiah returns to the olive tree to foretell the coming of the Messiah, when the Lord would “raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.”

Paul expands the metaphor, describing baptized Gentiles as “a wild olive shoot…grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree.” We still share the “rich root” of Israel, and as members of the branch of Jesus, we bear good fruit when we trust in God’s grace and grow in love.

MOVING FORWARD: Read Psalm 52 during your evening meal. Maybe enjoy some olives, as well!

PRAY for the Dioceses of Huron and Kootenay (both in Canada)

Today the Church remembers John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407.

Ps 41, 52 * 44 | Genesis 14:(1-7)8-24 | Hebrews 8:1-13 | John 4:43-54

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