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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 7, 2021

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WEDNESDAY, July 7

Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see the wonders of your law.

In all of today’s readings, the Lord teaches us to see things differently.

The prophet Samuel believes Jesse’s eldest son will be anointed as king. But Samuel is wrong: the one who will become king is David, the youngest son out tending sheep, another example of how God often chooses the unexpected.

In the epistle, Peter hears the message, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane” (Acts 10:15), three times before he understands that God is talking about opening the way for Gentiles to receive salvation.

Lastly, in the gospel reading, Jesus walks with two disciples who don’t recognize him. For their entire journey, they don’t know that their traveling companion is actually Jesus. It is only after he breaks bread that “their eyes were opened” (Luke 24:31).

I echo the plea of the psalmist: open my eyes, that I may see the wonders of your law, especially when they’re right in front of me.

MOVING FORWARD: Spend ten minutes in prayer, with your eyes closed. When you open them, do you see differently? Pray for new eyes to see God’s wonder.

PRAY for the Diocese of Damaturu (Nigeria)

Ps 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14 | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Acts 10:1-16 | Luke 24:12-35

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