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Daily Prayer - 2017-06-17

Presence

God is with me, but more,
God is within me, giving me existence.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, my mind, my heart
and in the whole of my life.

Freedom

Lord, like Saint Ignatius, I offer you my memory, understanding,
My entire will.
All I ask for in return is your love and your grace,
That’s enough for me.

Consciousness

Lord, you are present in all things
And when I take time to simply sit and be with you
My mind rests
And I feel your peace.

The Word of God

Matthew 5:33-37

Jesus said to the crowds, "Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, 'You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.' But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be 'Yes, Yes' or 'No, No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Here Jesus is reinforcing the eighth commandment of God: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. In other words, you must never lie. Lies violate justice and charity, undermining trust in the community.
  • Moreover, an honest, trustworthy person should never need to take an oath to establish the truth of any statement. My word is my bond. We have to be ready to die for the truth.
  • The evil one is ‘a liar and the father of lies’ (John 8:44). Jesus is truth personified: ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life’ (John 14:6).

Conversation

How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn 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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