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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 3, 2019

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WEDNESDAY, July 3

Acts 8:18-19 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me also this power so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

Today we meet Simon, full of breathless enthusiasm for the miraculous healing he has witnessed and wanting the opportunity to join in the miracle business. Simon offers money, hoping he can fast track his way onto the apostles’ team. Simon lives in a world where money is the primary currency, and he is just beginning to learn about God’s economy.

Too often we bypass the hard work of being present with one another or buy our way out of discomfort. We try to purchase a miracle when being in relationships with our neighbors is the path Jesus and the disciples show us.

MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever substituted money for emotional capital? How does this story help you think about things differently?  

PRAY for the Diocese of Ottawa (Canada)

Ps 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130 | 1 Samuel 12:1-6, 16-25 | Acts 8:14-25 | Luke 23:1-12

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