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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 28, 2022

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TUESDAY, June 28
[Irenaeus of Lyons]

Romans 7:7a What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means!

Leviticus is one of the books composing the law Paul refers to. It has a fearsome contemporary reputation because of its sometimes-arbitrary rules, its bloody system of sacrifices, and the shameful ways it has been used to harm women and sexual minorities.

But beneath the strange details, a deeper set of values emerges. It describes an economy where no class of people is permanently burdened with debt. It tells farmers not to harvest their full crop so the poor can glean from the fields. The elaborate instructions for how sick people can or can’t be in the camp show care for the health of the whole community. The concern about sexual behavior is not altogether obsolete; it signifies that what we do with our bodies matters.

By no means should we say the law is sin. Read with love for God and neighbor as its foundation, the law outlines a hope for what life is like in the kingdom of God.

MOVING FORWARD: Read a few chapters from Leviticus, setting it in the context of love for God and neighbor.

PRAY for the Diocese of Northern Malawi (Central Africa)

Ps [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127] | Numbers 22:21-38 Romans 7:1-12 | Matthew 21:23-32

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