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Daily Prayer - 2017-06-20

Presence

To be present is to arrive as one is and open up to the other.
At this instant, as I arrive here, God is present waiting for me.
God always arrives before me, desiring to connect with me
even more than my most intimate friend.
I take a moment and greet my loving God.

Freedom

Your death on the cross has set me free.
I can live joyously and freely,
without fear of death.
Your mercy knows no bounds.

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

Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus said to the disciples, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus will have us love even those who are actively hostile to us. In this, he himself is the image of his Father, who does not cut off the ‘unrighteous’ from his benevolence in providing warmth and moisture for the earth.
  • Indeed, wherever people fail to carry out this instruction, the result can be stalemate in human relations: a closed cycle of tit-for-tat. We are instead to put energy into an outreach, even where there seems little indication of a response – we are to be creators of at least space for some initiative in return.
  • This unstoppable creating of opportunities for a response, would seem to be that which above all else makes the Creator and heavenly Father ‘perfect’.

Conversation

Remembering that I am still in God's presence,
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting beside me,
and say whatever is on my mind, whatever is in my heart,
speaking as one friend to another.

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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