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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 28, 2021

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SUNDAY, March 28
Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

Mark 14:7 For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me.

We have arrived at Palm Sunday and the week when we remember Jesus’ Passion. According to Mark, two days before the Passover, Jesus is anointed with costly oil. Others question why the perfume is not sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus responds: “For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me.”

Every day, we encounter situations that demand our attention. We still have the poor all around us, but do we do anything for them? Do we sell our valuables in order to give to the poor? Do we even pay attention to them?

Even on the road to the cross, Jesus continues to provide for those in need: healing, praying, loving. As we gather today and this week with our congregations, let us remember that Jesus is with us, and Jesus calls us to go out and serve others in need. Jesus expresses his love through the sacrifice of his own life, and we need to bring that love to our neighbors and our communities.

MOVING FORWARD: Make plans to volunteer at a food pantry or clothes closet.

PRAY for Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui

Ps 31:9-16 | Isaiah 50:4-9a | Philippians 2:5-11 | Mark 14:1—15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, (40-47)

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