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Daily Prayer - 2013-09-25

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

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
May your Holy Spirit guide me to follow you freely.
Instil in my heart a desire
To know and love you more each day.

Consciousness

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to you,
I find peace and contentment.

The Word of God

Luke 9:1-6

Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, 'Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money - not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.' They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • I notice how Jesus sends the twelve to do the same things he is doing: to expel demons, to heal, and to proclaim the Kingdom of God. After his resurrection, he told the apostles, 'As the Father sent me, I also send you'. I dwell in wonder in the trust Jesus places in us, by sharing his own mission and his own powers with us in all our frailty.
  • Even in our super-rational world that seeks efficiency above all else, the option of preaching in poverty is still very effective and always touches people's hearts very powerfully. We can recall the example of Mother Teresa, Pope Francis, Taize. I pray for today's Church as she strives to be faithful to her calling by Jesus.

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side and share my feelings with him.

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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