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Daily Prayer - 2013-06-18


Dear Lord, help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my mind with your peace, Your Love.


Lord I ask for the grace to know
That doing your will is a joy
Because your will is my deepest desire
And you are always willing what is best for me.


Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

The Word of God

Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus said to the disciples, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • Jesus will have us love even those who are actively hostile to us. In this, he himself is the image of his Father, who does not cut off the ‘unrighteous’ from his benevolence in providing warmth and moisture for the earth.
  • Indeed, wherever people fail to carry out this instruction, the result can be stalemate in human relations: a closed cycle of tit-for-tat. We are instead to put energy into an outreach, even where there seems little indication of a response – we are to be creators of at least space for some initiative in return.
  • This unstoppable creating of opportunities for a response, would seem to be that which above all else makes the Creator and heavenly Father ‘perfect’.


Dear Jesus, I can open up my heart to you.
I can tell you everything that troubles me.
I know you care about all the concerns in my life.
Teach me to live in the knowledge
that you who care for me today,
will care for me tomorrow and all the days of my life.


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.


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