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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 3, 2021

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THURSDAY, June 3                           The Martyrs of Uganda

Luke 18:3-5, 7a In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.” For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, “Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night?

In a memorable episode of the animated television sitcom The Simpsons, Ralph, a boy who struggles to fit in, pursues the heart of Lisa, who is not interested in him romantically. When Ralph asks his father for advice about winning a girl’s attention, he responds with one word: “Persistence!”

Theologian William Barclay suggests that the most important lesson in this passage is the difference between man (represented by the judge) and God. Not a man of particular virtue, the judge gives in out of sheer exasperation. God, however, is not like the judge. God is willing to listen and promises justice; God is no cranky mortal but rather persists in looking for faith and rewarding it. Thank God for that.

MOVING FORWARD: Commit to praying the Daily Office. This persistence in spiritual practice can be a beacon in difficult times.

PRAY for the Diocese of Central Solomons (Solomon Islands)

Ps 50 * [59, 60] or 8, 84 | Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 17:14-20 | 2 Corinthians 8:1-16 | Luke 18:1-8

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