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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-26

Presence

The more we call on the Lord
the more we can feel his Presence.
Day by day he draws us closer
to his loving heart.

Freedom

I try to let go of any prejudices and narrow mindedness
That may be clouding my vision at this present moment.
I hand them over to God’s merciful care,
So I can pray in freedom at this time.

Consciousness

When I return to my everyday tasks,
remind me, Lord,
that you are always there beside me.
I need never despair.

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

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.

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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