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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 9, 2021

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TUESDAY, March 9                  Gregory of Nyssa

John 7:37-38 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’”

This verse shows the crux of Jesus’ mission in the world. In addition to healing and teaching, Jesus stresses the importance of carrying on his ministry. Imagine where we would be as a church if the disciples and acquaintances of Jesus had stayed silent, maybe wanting to keep the treasure of Jesus to themselves.

Jesus is not a picture to put on a dusty shelf or a plaque to hang on the wall as proof of some kind of achievement. Jesus is living water, something we cannot contain, even if we try. Jesus is the living word that continues to educate and guide people today and always. Jesus is love, an action that we are commanded to carry on. By following Jesus, we learn to heal, teach, learn, speak, listen, and most of all, love!

MOVING FORWARD: Tell someone a story about where you see Jesus in the world.

PRAY for the Diocese of Athooch (South Sudan)

Ps 78:1-39 * 78:40-72 | Jeremiah 7:21-34 | Romans 4:13-25 | John 7:37-52

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