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Daily Prayer - 2013-06-25

Presence

I pause for a moment
and reflect on God's life-giving presence
in every part of my body, in everything around me,
in the whole of my life.

Freedom

Your death on the cross has set me free.
I can live joyously and freely
without fear of death.
Your mercy knows no bounds.

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life?
By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.
If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Jesus said to the crowds, "Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.... In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • These three sayings of Jesus are not connected to each other and may have been spoken at different times. In the first the phrase "what is holy" refers to the flesh (and blood) offered in Jewish sacrifices. The whole saying seems to be about preserving the integrity of all that is sacred. The middle saying is a reiteration of the Golden Rule which is found in some form in all the great religions. Here it is put in a positive form: "do to others" rather than "do not do to others". Jesus asks for active and committed love. The third saying points to the difficulty of the Christian journey towards eternal life - a saying that needs to be balanced by other gentler words of Jesus. Can you recall some of these?

Conversation

I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in me? Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story I have heard recently - will slowly rise to the surface in my consciousness. If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to me?

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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