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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 6, 2020

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MONDAY, July 6                           Eva Lee Matthews

Romans 8:30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Eva Lee Matthews founded a distinctly (US) American religious order, the Community of the Transfiguration, established in 1898, dedicated to contemplation and service to the poor, particularly children.

Sister Eva Mary was inspired by Jesus' transfiguration, how heaven meets earthly needs through Jesus. Her compassion and desire to serve the underserved was all the justification she needed to be an able minister of the Gospel. This type of response to the needs of the world is also a response to the Holy Spirit who stirs our hearts with the concerns of Christ's own heart.

I have learned that the only way we can hear what the Spirit is saying to us is if we mindfully engage our community and trust God to lead us in faithful response. What joy there is in the discovery of our gifts, and how we are transformed as we co-labor with Jesus to change the world!

MOVING FORWARD: How is the Spirit calling you to engage your community?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Malakal (South Sudan) and Toamasina (Madagascar)

Ps 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7 | Numbers 32:1-6, 16-27 | Romans 8:26-30 | Matthew 23:1-12

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