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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 31, 2019

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SATURDAY, August 31

Mark 14:50 All of them deserted him and fled.

Liturgical Christians often relegate this story to Palm Sunday and Holy Week where it temporally belongs. How unnerving to have it pop up here like an unwelcome guest at a birthday party. But it never hurts to remind ourselves that Jesus suffers as we do and is deserted by his friends as we sometimes are.

The life of faith, much like the liturgical year, is a circular thing. We learn things, we grow; we forget the things we have learned, we fall, we get back up—and we learn more things. Lather, rinse, repeat…Jesus is our model of faithfulness to God.

Even though our closest companions may turn away, we nevertheless persist in sharing community and communion with others. Despite the fact that people let us down, we are not meant to do our lifework alone. Thanks be to God.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you need to pay special attention to a friendship or relationship right now? How will you reach out?

PRAY for the Diocese of Shyogwe (Rwanda)

Ps 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117 1 Kings 7:51—8:21 | Acts 28:17-31 | Mark 14:43-52

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