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Daily Prayer - 2012-11-20

Presence

I pause for a moment and think of the love
and the grace that God showers on me:
I am created in the image and likeness of God;
I am God's dwelling-place.

Freedom

Thank you for the gift of freedom, Lord.
Grant that I may always choose to follow You.
Keep me ever mindful of your ways.
Of your love and concern for all people.

Consciousness

In God's loving presence I unwind the past day,
starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me,
seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

The Word of God

Luke 19:1-10

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today ." So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much." Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • We have to admire Zacchaeus. He risked ridicule to see Jesus, but his good will was more than rewarded by Jesus who invited himself to his house. The onlookers grumble that Jesus goes to the house of one who is a sinner. What would my reaction have been had I been there? I ask for real repentance for my sins, and to have a strong faith in the surprising mercy of God as we see it in Jesus. Do I really believe that the Son of Man came primarily to seek out and save what is lost?
  • Jesus accepts and praises Zacchaeus' efforts to repair the damage he had done. He seems happy enough that he was giving one half of his money to the poor, and did not ask him to give it all up. I ask Jesus to help me believe he accepts my poor efforts, as he proclaims I too am a child of Abraham.

Conversation

What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word?
I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to him.

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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