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Reflections and Meditations

Reflections and meditations on the daily readings from the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Digital Network, Forward Day By Day, Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), Episcopal Cafe, D365.org and the Lectionary (Satucket.com).

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Forward Day By Day – October 19, 2018

When Jesus prays, momentous things occur. After Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit descends on him while he prays (Luke 3:21-22); Jesus selects the twelve apostles ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 18, 2018

My doctor and I are not friends, but we need each other. I need her care to maintain good health, and she needs me to ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 17, 2018

The man and woman knocking on my door were extremely polite. They seemed nonthreatening, so I invited them in. Seated at my dining table, they ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 16, 2018

I can barely read or listen to the news these days. Why does God seem to be missing in action? The poor keep taking it ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 15, 2018

He was filthy. One shoeless foot was blackened and thickly callused. He barked incoherent utterances. A woman exiting the train gave him an unopened bag ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 14, 2018

Do we own our possessions or do they own us?Contrasted with his other calls to discipleship where Jesus simply says, “Come after me,” or “Follow ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 13, 2018

We tend to forget that we are dust, mere mortals, puffs of wind, and passing shadows. For all of our grand plans and mighty deeds, ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 12, 2018

What kind of terrain is the soil of my heart? I like to believe it is good soil into which the seeds of Jesus’ love ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 11, 2018

Jesus reassured his disciples and followers that he was not intent on destroying the law or the prophets but rather had come to fulfill them ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 10, 2018

I remember when we used to wait for things—for a handwritten letter, for photos to be developed, for the busy signal on the landline to ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 9, 2018

In this dramatic scene, we are presented with Jesus as zoopoieo, a Greek word meaning “life-maker.” These time-stopping moments in the gospel accounts underscore Jesus’ ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 8, 2018

I caught one of my students cheating on a test. She had been struggling for a long time, barely passing the class. Driven by desperation, ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 7, 2018

Every Christmas Eve, my rector would tell the story of Jesus’ nativity as experienced by the animals in the manger. A gaggle of small children, ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 6, 2018

Martin Luther King advised those who wanted to participate in civil rights marches and lunch counter sit-ins: “If you can’t be nonviolent, don’t get in ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 5, 2018

“Flattery is all right—so long as you don’t inhale,” said former United Nations Ambassador Adlai Stevenson II. We all like to receive praise—performers, artists, and ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 4, 2018

For the ancient Israelites, expressing love for God is the top priority of their personal and public lives. The laws, including those about offerings and ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 3, 2018

As in our own context, tax collectors in ancient Judea get no respect. Seen as traitors, tax collectors in Jesus’ context—especially those who are Jews—are ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 2, 2018

As I write this reflection, our nation is roiled and riven by contentious debate over certain Civil War-era statues in public parks and government offices ...
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Forward Day By Day – October 1, 2018

Paul has just told the elders in Ephesus that he is “captive to the spirit” and has no idea what will happen to him once ...
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Forward Day By Day – September 30, 2018

In college, I heard about people joining Christian accountability groups. I later found out that some of these groups were really friends self-reporting their sinful ...
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