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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 31, 2020

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FRIDAY, January 31         Marcella of Rome

John 6:15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

In our desire to come out on top, we often try to drag God onto one side or another of our worldly squabbles. Things are not that different in Jesus’ day.

Jesus flees the attempt by the crowd to make him into a worldly king just as he resisted this same line of temptation from the devil in the wilderness. He retreats into prayer and rises above this worldly temptation because Jesus calls on God to still his heart and keep his focus. Likewise, we are called to seek Christ within the hearts of the faithful, remembering that he is the vine and we are the branches, and apart from him we can do nothing.

Our citizenship in God’s kingdom supersedes any allegiance to this world. This way of being family ties us together in ways more powerful than any political or social differences could ever divide us.

MOVING FORWARD: Make plans with your close friends and family to take a retreat together this spring.

PRAY for the Diocese of Ibadan South (Nigeria)

Ps 40, 54 * 51 | Genesis 17:15-27 | Hebrews 10:11-25 | John 6:1-15

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