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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-26

Presence

“Be still and know that I am God”
Lord, may your spirit guide me
to seek Your Loving presence
more and more. For it is there
I find rest and refreshment from
this busy world.

Freedom

Everything has the potential to draw forth from me a fuller love and life.
Yet my desires are often fixed, caught, on illusions of fulfillment.
I ask that God, through my freedom may orchestrate my desires
in a vibrant loving melody rich in harmony.

Consciousness

I exist in a web of relationships - links to nature, people, God.
I trace out these links, giving thanks for the life that flows through them.
Some links are twisted or broken: I may feel regret, anger, disappointment.
I pray for the gift of acceptance and forgiveness.

The Word of God

Matthew 23:1-12

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honour at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father - the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The Pharisees are teachers of the Law. This maybe their good right; however, they take advantage of it, and stand on their dignity. They surround the conduct of everyday living with a myriad of regulations: these may not greatly affect people of means – but they add to the burden of the poor.
  • And the Pharisees like to show off the importance of their position: they enlarge their prayer-amulets and extend their robes; they seek out the places of honour at gatherings; they expect, when they mix among people, to be greeted with titles of respect like ‘rabbi’.
  • But all persons who are puffed up with pride, will be taken down a peg. By contrast, persons not known for pushing themselves forward – such as true followers of Jesus – will end up as the honoured ones. These will not style themselves ‘rabbi’, since Jesus is the one instructor; and they will not demand that anyone call them ‘father’- since they recognise only the one Father in heaven.

Conversation

To communicate we don’t always need to talk.
Can I imagine myself sitting quietly with Jesus?
I looking silently at him and He at me.
How do I feel?

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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