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Daily Prayer - 2017-11-16

Presence

As I begin this prayer, God is here.
Around me, in my sensations, in my thoughts and deep within me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of God's life-giving presence.

Freedom

I will ask God's help,
to be free from my own preoccupations,
to be open to God in this time of prayer,
to come to know, love and serve God more.

Consciousness

I am surrounded by your loving presence, Lord,
But I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
Thank you that I can face my shortcomings
In your merciful embrace.

The Word of God

Luke 17:20-25

Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, "The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There it is!' For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you." Then he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, 'Look there!' or 'Look here!' Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • ‘The Kingdom of God is among you!’ There will be no external signs to foretell its coming because it is already here. The greatest sign is the person of Jesus himself who at the beginning of his public ministry announced its arrival. It is like a small seed that will grow into a huge tree, but it is already present and this fills us with hope and assurance: the kingdom is already among us. In a world where the Kingdom seems so far away, even absent sometimes, I ask for the grace to be sensitive to its presence and able to rely on it to sustain my commitment to its growth.
  • The Kingdom is not here in its fullness yet. This in-between time is difficult, and often mysterious, for the good must endure much suffering and rejection, as Jesus himself foretells. I pray for those who are suffering for the sake of the Kingdom. Father, may your kingdom come!

Conversation

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.
Sometimes I get bogged down
with the concerns of this life.
Grant that I may be still more often.
To know Your peace, Your calm.

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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