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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 7, 2019

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SUNDAY, April 7                                     5 Lent

John 12:8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.

Jesus knows a lot about economic stimulus plans from his study of the Torah: “You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the poor.” This plan demands we address the needs of the poor—not just in acts of charity but through the pursuit of biblical justice.

The God who created the heavens and the earth does not envision a world of scarcity. When the poor remain among us, it is because we have failed one another, because our hands have been closed. God does not ask us to simply give to charity; God requires that we pursue justice. Charity offers temporary relief; justice seeks solutions.

Each unemployment line, shelter, soup kitchen, and homeless child is a telltale sign of our neglect of the gospel and one another. How we love the least of these is how we love Jesus.

MOVING FORWARD: How will you love Jesus this week?

PRAY for the Diocese of Nairobi (Kenya)

Ps 126 | Isaiah 43:16-21 | Philippians 3:4b-14 | John 12:1-8

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