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Daily Prayer - 2012-12-28


May my heart rejoice in your love, O Lord.
Let me live each day anew.


I ask for the grace
to let go of my own concerns
and be open to what God is asking of me,
to let myself be guided and formed by my loving Creator.


There is a time and place for everything, as the saying goes.
Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
To hear your call.

The Word of God

Matthew 2:13-18

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I have called my son." When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • God intervened in a very direct and tangible way in the life of the Holy Family, in the light of the concrete plans he had in mind for them. We are not aware of it, but he intervenes in our lives in the same way and for the same reason.
  • King Herod was guilty of a heinous crime. Still, it was part of the plan of God. We recall our own smaller sins, and take comfort in the fact that God is still in charge of everything.


Words don't come easily to me, Lord.
Look into my heart
and see my longing for peace.
Watch over me, Lord.
I know that you are always by my side.


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


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