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Daily Prayer - 2017-11-14

Presence

Dear Lord, you have called me by my name.
You have carved me in the palm of your hand.
May I grow in trust and never give in to despair.

Freedom

God is not foreign to my freedom.
Instead the Spirit breathes life into my most intimate desires,
gently nudging me towards all that is good.
I ask for the grace to let myself be enfolded by the Spirit.

Consciousness

Conscious of your presence, Lord,
I look over my recent past.
Let me be honest with myself about how I’ve been
And what I’ve done,
Because I know you love truth in the heart
And accept me just as I am.

The Word of God

Luke 17:7-10

Jesus said to his disciples, "Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here at once and take your place at the table'? Would you not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'"

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • ‘We are worthless slaves, we have only done what we ought to have done!’ What a huge dose of realism, that saves us from conceit, even of the spiritual type. Lord help me to understand that the way to real humility passes through accepting who I am and not taking myself and my mistakes and achievements too seriously.
  • Yet at the Last Supper, our God did what no reasonable master would do: he put on his apron and washed the feet of his disciples. He then told them that he did this so that they could do likewise to one another. I pray for a greater understanding of the love Jesus has for us, and of how central humble service is to our discipleship.

Conversation

Lord, I know that when I turn to you there is no need for words.
You can see into my heart.
You know my desires and you know my needs.
I place myself into your hands.

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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