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Daily Prayer - 2017-06-17

Presence

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

Freedom

"I am free."
When I look at these words in writing
They seem to create in me a feeling of awe.
Yes, a wonderful feeling of freedom.
Thank You, God.

Consciousness

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

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

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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