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Daily Prayer - 2013-09-07

Presence

As I begin this prayer, God is present,
breathing life into me and into everything around me.
For a few moments, I remain silent,
and become aware of God's loving presence.

Freedom

I will ask God's help,
to be free from my own preoccupations,
to be open to God in this time of prayer,
to come to know, love and serve God more.

Consciousness

Knowing that God loves me unconditionally,
I look honestly over the last day, its events and my feelings.
Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks.
Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.

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

Jesus often asked questions of those who came to him.
Let me sense him close to me now,
Listening to my prayer and asking
‘How can I help you?’
‘What can I give you?’

Conclusion

I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.

Amen

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