THURSDAY, November 12 (Charles Simeon)

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Matthew 16:1-12. The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test Jesus they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.

It’s November and I am preoccupied with my parish’s Every Member Canvass and the impending annual Parochial Report. Show us a sign.

Times are tough. I head into the grocery store and am brought up short by the sight of the Salvation Army kettle and the tingling bell. It’s starting early this year, I think to myself as I put change into the pot. “Merry Christmas,” the volunteer says. Show us a sign.

Looking through vegetables I hear the unmistakable strains of the “Hallelujah Chorus,” a mixture of the sacred and the mundane. Show us a sign.

Leaving the store a woman sees my collar and stops me. “I’m sorry to bother you. My daughter is very sick and I am scared to death for her. I am Jewish, but I wonder if you would say a prayer for her?” I ask, “Why don’t I pray for you both?” I take her hands and say a Jewish prayer of healing and blessing. After we say “Amen,” she places her hands on my face and says, “You are an angel.” No, I say to her, just a sinner trying to do God’s work. “Pray for me,” I ask her.

The Lord shows us signs all the time. See them?

PRAY for the Diocese of Vermont (Province I, USA)

Ps [83] or 23, 27 * 85, 86; 1 Maccabees 1:1-28; Revelation 19:1-10


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