Saturday, July 22, 2017

Forward Day by Day for July 22, 2017

SATURDAY, July 22      Saint Mary Magdalene, Apostle

2 Corinthians 5:17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
Those of us who love Mary Magdalene love her fiercely, passionately, and steadfastly. Even the incorrect things I learned about her made her seem like someone I wanted to know. I loved her before I truly understood why, and I’m still learning new reasons to want to know her, to love her, to be like her.
We love Mary Magdalene because we all want to be made new—we all want to know Jesus as closely as Mary does. We each want to be her when Jesus calls out to her after rising from the dead. We all want to be the one trusted with the joy of Easter, to be the first to share the amazing story of his resurrection.
The good news is that you and I are Mary. We are broken, in need of healing and love. We are caregivers—each of us, God’s faithful ministers. We are fiercely protective like Mary, safeguarding the lives and bodies of our beloved. Like Mary, we loyally follow Jesus, listen to his word, and learn from him. Through her witness, we know that Jesus loves those who need him most—people just like Mary, people just like me.
MOVING FORWARD: Imagine being the first person to see and talk with the risen Lord. Would that change how you told others about Christ?

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