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Daily Prayer - 2017-11-11

Presence

Let my heart rejoice and be glad
in this time of prayer.
Remind me often of the great
blessings You have bestowed on me.

Freedom

Many countries are at this moment suffering the agonies of war.
I bow my head in thanksgiving for my freedom.
I pray for all prisoners and captives.

Consciousness

How am I really feeling? Lighthearted? Heavy-hearted?
I may be very much at peace, happy to be here.
Equally, I may be frustrated, worried or angry.
I acknowledge how I really am. It is the real me that the Lord loves.

The Word of God

Luke 16:9-15

And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. 'Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.'
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him. So he said to them, 'You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • ‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much’. We immediately understand this common sense statement, but often are not willing to give small things their due importance in the formation of our heart. Small acts of selfishness, of little transparency, of not taking our prayer life seriously, do have an impact bigger than we want to admit, as do small acts of love, care and honesty.
  • ‘You cannot serve God and wealth’: crystal clear words, that even nowadays generate ridicule. I pray for our world that is becoming totally obsessed with accumulating ever greater amounts of wealth, totally disregarding the plight of those who are unable or incapable of entering this race.

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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