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Daily Prayer - 2013-10-11

Presence

What is present to me is what has a hold on my becoming.
I reflect on the Presence of God always there in love,
amidst the many things that have a hold on me.
I pause and pray that I may let God
affect my becoming in this precise moment.
 

Freedom

I ask for the grace to believe
in what I could be and do
if I only allowed God, my loving Creator,
to continue to create me, guide me and shape me.

Consciousness

Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence.
Teach me to recognise your presence in others.
Fill my heart with gratitude for the times Your love has been shown to me through the care of others.

The Word of God

Luke 11:15-26

But some of them said, 'He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.' Others, to test him, kept demanding from him a sign from heaven. But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? - for you say that I cast out the demons by Beelzebul. Now if I cast out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armour in which he trusted and divides his plunder. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
'When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting-place, but not finding any, it says, "I will return to my house from which I came." When it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Disbelief and denial swells and bursts to the surface in today’s gospel. The people of Jesus’ time deny that the good which He does comes through the power of God. Jesus’ self-defence is simple: evil cannot be overthrown by evil. Good overpowers evil. Evil paralyses good.
  • As humans we cannot always be trusted. Trusting in the power of God is having faith that there is someone powerful and loving at the source of all the events of our lives, of all the events in the world, and all the extraordinary events in the universe. We could pause for a few moments of prayer for the world, in praise of the good that emanates from God.
  • As humans we cannot always be trusted. Trusting in the power of God is having faith that there is someone powerful and loving at the source of all the events of our lives, of all the events in the world, and all the extraordinary events in the universe. We could pause for a few moments of prayer for the world, in praise of the good that emanates from God.

Conversation

May your Holy Spirit guide me
In all my dealings with others.
May I use the gift of speech with kindness.

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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