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Monday, May 27, 2019
MEMORIAL OF AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY, BISHOP
Sweet surrender

Today’s saint, Augustine of Canterbury, is best known for having a major hand in England’s conversion to Christianity. During his lifetime (around 600), however, he was not seen as a success. He lost his nerve the first time he tried to cross the English Channel; he was disregarded by the powerful Britons for his perceived rudeness. And yet the seeds he planted in faith bore fruit, helping to firmly establish Christianity in Britain. Perhaps you might offer a prayer of surrender today, allowing God’s grace to transform any seeming failures or shortcomings in your life.

TODAY'S READINGS: Today’s readings: Acts 16:11-15; John 15:26—16:4a (291). “The Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father . . . will testify to me.”

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BELIEF IN THE RESURRECTION

George went on a vacation to the Middle East with most of his family including his mother-in-law. During their vacation and while they were visiting Jerusalem, George’s mother-in-law died. With the death certificate in hand, George went to the American Consulate to make arrangements to send the body back to the States for proper burial. The Consul, after hearing of the death of the mother-in-law, told George that the sending of a body back to the States for burial is very, very expensive. It could cost as much as $5,000. The Consul continued, “In most cases the person responsible for the remains normally decides to bury the body here. This would only cost $150.” George thought for some time and answered, “I don’t care how much it will cost to send the body back; that’s what I want to do.” The Consul, after hearing this, said, “You must have loved your mother-in-law very much, considering the difference in price.” “No, it’s not that!” said George. “You see, I know of a case many years ago of a person, by name Jesus, who was buried here in Jerusalem. On the third day he arose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance.”

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