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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 27, 2021

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SATURDAY, February 27                  Ember Day

Psalm 139:20 Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you? and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?

When my sisters and I were young, our mother punished us for fighting by making us sit on the couch and hold hands for hours (or maybe it was ten minutes). We squirmed and glared. We muttered, “Mom is so mean.”

We bonded together against our perceived common enemy. Today we laugh about those times and debate whether mom’s strategy was foolish or genius. Shared anger at a common enemy can, indeed, draw people together.

The psalmist continues from the tirade against God’s enemies to a prayer: “Search me out, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my restless thoughts. Look well whether there be any wickedness in me and lead me in the way that is everlasting.”

Moving from righteous anger to acknowledging our propensity to sin opens us up to God’s correction and guidance. It is easier to simply hate God’s presumed enemies, but God calls us to the more difficult work of reconciliation—within ourselves and with others.

MOVING FORWARD: Consider scheduling a time to meet with your priest and offer your confession to God.

PRAY for the Diocese of Armagh (Ireland)

Ps 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23) | Deuteronomy 11:18-28 | Hebrews 5:1-10 | John 4:1-26

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