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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 27, 2022

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[William Reed Huntington]

Acts 1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

How our readings get put together by the lectionary is a bit of a mystery sometimes. Today you’ll read Matthew’s gut-wrenching account of Jesus’s final moments on the cross, together with the slightly slapstick murder of Eglon as well as Christ’s ascension to heaven. Perhaps you are as tickled as I am to imagine the disciples all standing around, staring at the sky, while Jesus departs from them in a manner not that different from a helium balloon.

What I see today is the movement from the particular to the universal. In Jesus’s death, the meaning of his life is transformed. His cross stands not just on Golgotha but over all humanity. By his resurrection and ascension, Jesus transcends living in one place and one time, visible to just one community of people. Jesus of Nazareth is now God who has lived with us, who knows what it means to be human, the Son, who with the Father and the Spirit, is accessible to all people, in all times and in all places—one God who is above all and through all and in all.

MOVING FORWARD: Research the history of the lectionary. Why do you think specific readings are placed together?

PRAY for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 72 * 119:73-96 | Judges 3:12-30 | Acts 1:1-14 | Matthew 27:45-54



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