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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 30, 2018

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TUESDAY, January 30

John 6:50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.

A few years ago, I realized what a gift I had experienced fifty years earlier in the backyard of my grandparents’ house. Mommy-Me and Daddy-Dee lived just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Every other view of the world had been the same for me—people, houses, cars, poles, and wires. All close at hand. Civilization was around their house too, but I couldn’t see it from the backyard.

Standing by a stream, I saw only trees, a meadow, and the sky. I stood at the edge of everything I had ever known, feeling something it would take me decades to comprehend. This was my first brush with the infinite, my first encounter with beyond, the first whisper from God. It was like bread come down from heaven.

Why, I wonder now as I approach my sixtieth birthday, can’t we keep this feast of everlasting life together? We smell it being prepared in the kitchen, see it there in the dining room. Some day we must sit down around the table together and share the bread as one family. This world could be like my grandparents’ backyard, a place of possibility, peace, and love.

MOVING FORWARD: Bake or buy a loaf of bread and give it your coworkers or neighbors.

PRAY for the Diocese of Angola

Ps 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36 | Genesis 21:1-21 | Hebrews 11:13-22 | John 6:41-51



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