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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 30, 2020

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THURSDAY, July 30                  William Wilberforce

Luke 5:30 The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to [Jesus’] disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

From the Archives: April 4, 1968

The concern Jesus displayed for obvious and spectacular sinners weighed heavily against his claim to represent God. Some suspected that Jesus did not know enough about righteousness to be able to recognize sin even when he saw it, while others supposed that he mingled with prostitutes and traitors because they were all of a kind. That he did this with saving purpose seems to have occurred to none of them. His eloquent parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son were formed to justify his concerns about lost people, but eloquence is wasted on those who will not hear. Violating the popular standards of righteousness is never acceptable.

His association with tax collectors was especially unacceptable. To eat with such was to establish an unbreakable bond. Could their lostness justify such an action?

MOVING FORWARD: When has your faith in Jesus prompted you to give up privilege or prestige?

Read the contemporary reflection here.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Massachusetts and Victoria Nyanza (Tanzania)

Ps [70], 71 * 74 | Judges 4:4-23 | Acts 1:15-26 | Matthew 27:55-66

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