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Forward Day By Day – April 9, 2020

From the Archives: March 21, 1939Jesus left behind many precious legacies. One of the most precious is Holy Communion. He told his apostles in the upper room that he was about to be taken, but he assured them he would always be with them. He....(View this reading and...

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Forward Day By Day – April 8, 2020

On the knife-edge of my life, I was desperate for deliverance. A disciple of Jesus, I seek him—his comfort, his forgiveness—as I walk to the Sea of Galilee in the dead of night. The boats float motionlessly on the still water. The air seems unable to breathe, and the...

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Forward Day By Day – April 7, 2020

Jesus can feel the sharp edge of the plow as it comes toward him, gaining speed and purpose. He prays ardently, for the harvest God has promised will come from the single grain of his life. He prays most fervently for those who will follow in his footsteps, who will...

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Forward Day By Day – April 6, 2020

Even years after Jesus called us as his disciples, we still sometimes shake our heads that he anointed us—such a motley crew—to bring good news to the oppressed, bind up the broken-hearted, and proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners. ....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – April 5, 2020

A late frost has painted shattered glass upon an ice-covered field shining in the sunlight. Spring must have looked in the mirror and seen winter, I say to myself. I know that feeling. There is an attic smell in the air—the flowers smell like mot....(View this reading...

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Forward Day By Day – April 4, 2020

I closed my eyes for a moment and the preacher was gone. I shut my eyes tighter, seeking wildly and vainly for the vibrant dream he had shared with us, a world in which the different colors of humanity’s skin were just pigments of God’s wondrous imagination. ....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – April 3, 2020

It is hard to hear Jesus talk about his death, especially in such an awful way. As his disciples, we are hungry to feel like children again, to see the living colors of God’s love all around us like a rainbow after the storm, like fish jumping through waves. We all...

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Forward Day By Day – April 2, 2020

From the Archives: January 2, 2017Years ago, I trained as a eucharistic minister. Shy by nature, I had preferred ministries where I was behind the scenes. Serving in front of others was a challenge. I waited with excitement for the Holy Euch....(View this reading and...

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Forward Day By Day – April 1, 2020

None of us are sure of how old we are—seven or eight years old, maybe. We sleep against the walls of other peoples’ homes. Sometimes they see us in the mornings, and we get a little bit of breakfast, but they don’t ever talk to us. Today Jesus arrives ....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – March 31, 2020

Today, Jesus calls us salt—a high compliment. Jesus reinforces this by asking us to be salty in our relationships, indicating that saltiness is in tandem with peacefulness. Salty, faithful Christians can change the world. Salty people season the families, communities,...

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Forward Day By Day – March 30, 2020

While on one of his preaching and teaching walks, Jesus overhears the disciples arguing about the greatest among them, and he lets them know how he feels about this conversation. Maybe they are trying to understand Jesus’ explanation of the kingdom. The disciples...

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Forward Day By Day – March 29, 2020

Years ago, I was rector for a large parish in Mozambique. This particular story takes place after the busyness of Holy Week services, during a long, joyful Easter morning service with dancing, singing, praying, preaching, and readings—and more dancing and...

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Forward Day By Day – March 28, 2020

This one verse from Mark’s ninth chapter is a microcosm of the Biblical witness to the human condition and our dependence on God’s mercy. Understanding the Bible’s witness to God in Christ allows us to reclaim the Bible’s immediacy and integrity—for our world and...

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Forward Day By Day – March 27, 2020

Appointed bishop to the Philippines in 1902 and to Western New York in 1918, Charles Henry Brent listened and lived out the love of God’s own beloved. In the colonial outposts in Southeast Asia, he established thriving Christian communities. He campaigned against the...

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Forward Day By Day – March 26, 2020

From The Archives: July 20, 1969Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece, some would say, is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Like Nicodemus, he came to his work with mixed motives, but Michelangelo’s motives changed, and he stayed with his....(View this reading and more...

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Forward Day By Day – March 25, 2020

Today is a day for names. In Isaiah, the promised Messiah’s name is to be Emmanuel, God with us, embodying the divine promise of protection to the children of Israel. Emmanuel—a redeeming presence in the midst of disaster. In Luke, Gabriel brings a mess....(View this...

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