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Daily Prayer - 2013-09-07

Presence

Let my heart rejoice and be glad
in this time of prayer.
Remind me often of the great
blessings You have bestowed on me.

Freedom

Lord, too often I think I am the one in control of my life.
Help me to see that I am powerless over so much.
I ask for the grace to be able to hand over my life to you
And experience the joy of that freedom.

Consciousness

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.
Grant that I may be still more often.
That I may always desire to spend time in your presence.
To know Your peace, Your love.

The Word of God

Luke 6:1-5

One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?" Then he said to them, "The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • God's law is the law of freedom, for our lawgiver describes himself as merciful and compassionate. If we insist on the observance of the letter of the law rather than its spirit we may easily end up far from God rather than close to his will. This same discussion is going on in today's Church, and I pray that it be enlightened by the spirit of Jesus.
  • 'The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath!' No wonder the Jews found Jesus difficult, they rightly understood he was claiming to be God himself. We sometimes reduce Jesus to his message of universal love and forgiveness, and are not ready to accept his claim that he is also our Lord and God.

Conversation

Lord, you have engraved my name
on the palm of your hand.
Even if others forget me,
you never will.

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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