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Daily Prayer - 2013-10-04

Presence

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

Freedom

What most often stops me achieving freedom is my tendency
to be caught up in fears and expectations
about what I 'ought' or 'should' be.
My usual automatic responses tie me down
and inhibit me from exploring new areas of growth.
I ask and pray for a greater sense of inner freedom and
that I might reach the fresh and challenging possibilities
that God wishes me to realise.

 

Consciousness

Knowing that God loves me unconditionally,
I can afford to be honest about how I am.
How has the last day been, and how do I feel now?
I share my feelings openly with the Lord.

The Word of God

Luke 10:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples, "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Scripture scholars explain how Luke in this text was drawing a comparison between cities of the Old Testament which were punished for ignoring God by fire coming down on them. But now, in Jesus time, the cities ignoring the message of the gospel would suffer destruction by the invading Roman armies who would loot and destroy.
  • We recognize that if the best of human and religious values are ignored and trampled upon we, as individuals and as cultures, are not in a good place. Jesus speaks harshly to make the point that he cannot bear wilful corruption of any kind.
  • Could this gospel be asking me to review my moral compass? Could it be asking us: who sets the boundaries between what is a good and what is a bad way to live? Where do I look to find the boundaries that can truly free me?

Conversation

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

If you appreciated the daily prayer or have any suggestions or insights we will be glad to hear from you.