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Daily Prayer - 2018-08-10

Presence

"I stand at the door and knock," says the Lord.
What a wonderful privilege
that the Lord of all creation desires to come to me.
I welcome His presence.

Freedom

Lord, grant me the grace to be free from the excesses of this life.
Let me not get caught up with the desire for wealth.
Keep my heart and mind free to love and serve you.

Consciousness

When I return to my everyday tasks,
remind me, Lord,
that you are always there beside me.
I need never despair.

The Word of God

John 12:24-26

Jesus said "Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Pope Francis says in Laudato Si’ that “God has written a precious book, ‘whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe’”. (Laudato si, 85). Jesus saw nature in this way: do I? Let’s imagine a wheat-grain at harvest time. It feels happy and fulfilled in the autumn sunshine. But winter comes and it is ploughed into the damp earth. It loses its beauty and begins to rot. But with the coming of Spring it starts to stir. Its stalk pushes up to meet the sun and steadily a whole head of wheat emerges, thirty, sixty, perhaps a hundred grains.
  • Can you imagine your life as being like this? God says to you, ‘I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm’ (Jeremiah 29:11). God always works to bring good out of what is less than good in your life. Ask to allow him to work unimpeded in you.

Conversation

Conversation requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for me.

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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