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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 9, 2022

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TUESDAY, August 9
[Edith Stein]

John 3:29b-30 The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.

Years ago, I was privileged to join a research seminar taught by a well-known scholar. Although he had written numerous books and articles, what mattered to him was not his own prestige but rather sharing knowledge and encouraging us to become scholars in our own right. Another participant invited me to contribute to an essay collection, and my new research path began. The seminar was, for me, life-changing.

These scholars followed in the footsteps of John the Baptist by putting others first. More important than being revered as the baptizer, John the Baptist rejoices that the bridegroom—Christ himself—has come.

Like John, we, the students, are called to serve by forgetting our own status. We are asked to roll up our sleeves and become teachers, helping others see the true Christ by rejoicing in the one who “gives the Spirit without measure.” In so doing, we are invited to eternal life.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you celebrate the success of others or worry that their bright light might dim your own?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mbhashe, Southern Africa

Ps 97, 99, [ 100] * 94, [ 95 ] | Judges 13:1-15 | Acts 5:27-42 | John 3:22-36



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