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Daily Prayer - 2012-11-23

Presence

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to You,
I find peace and contentment.

Freedom

"In these days, God taught me
as a schoolteacher teaches a pupil" (Saint Ignatius).
I remind myself that there are things God has to teach me yet,
and ask for the grace to hear them and let them change me.

Consciousness

In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

Luke 19:45-48

Then Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, "It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer'; but you have made it a den of robbers." Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The contrast between the ideal and the reality struck Jesus forcibly: the holy house had become a commercial opportunity; the needs of the hungry people were ignored by the scheming authorities. If I am confronted by everyday tensions between ideals and experience, I pray that I not become cynical but stand with Jesus, keeping in mind what God desires.
  • Although he saw the contradictions there, Jesus chose the Temple as the place to which he went to teach. I ask Jesus to help me to witness to his Good News wherever I am - even if it doesn't seem ideal to me.

Conversation

May your Holy Spirit guide me
In all my dealings with others.
May I use the gift of speech with kindness.

Conclusion

I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.

Amen

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