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Daily Prayer - 2018-06-11

Presence

May my heart rejoice in your love, O Lord.
Let me live each day anew.

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
May your Holy Spirit guide me to follow you freely.
Instil in my heart a desire
To know and love you more each day.

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 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • On the day we celebrate the saints, and our call to holiness, the liturgy presents us with the Beatitudes. In his recent document on holiness, the Pope calls the Beatitudes, ‘a Christian’s identity card’. Living according to the Beatitudes, the Pope adds, answers the question, “What must one do to be a good Christian?”
  • Yet, sometimes the Beatitudes may seem overwhelming, containing so much in such a short space. So today I ask Jesus to show me which Beatitude he is calling me to today. I dwell on it in his presence, asking for the grace to live it more fully, to see where its blessedness lies. I try to keep this particular beatitude in mind and in heart throughout my day.

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for you.

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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