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Daily Prayer - 2018-10-10

Presence

As I begin this prayer, God is present,
breathing life into me and into everything around me.
For a few moments, I remain silent,
and become aware of God's loving presence.

Freedom

"In these days, God taught me
as a schoolteacher teaches a pupil" (Saint Ignatius).
I remind myself that there are things God has to teach me yet,
and ask for the grace to hear them and let them change me.

Consciousness

In God's loving presence I unwind the past day,
starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me,
seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

The Word of God

Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • What a beautiful request from one of the disciples to Jesus: 'Lord, teach us to pray'. Who taught you to pray? Have you ever taught anyone to pray - children, perhaps?
  • 'Give us each day our daily bread'. This is the most basic prayer of the vulnerable people living precarious existence: the subsistence farmers and the day-labourers that Jesus lived with and taught.
  • 'Forgive us our sins'. Jesus makes a clear connection, here and elsewhere, between God's forgiveness, and our own readiness and capacity to forgive. One is not possible without the other!
  • 'Do not bring us to the time of trial'. Does Jesus already have a sense of how his life will end? Can he already see, ahead of him, the Garden of Gethsemane, where he will pray to be spared the cup of suffering, even as he also prays 'Not my will, but yours'.

Conversation

May your Holy Spirit guide me
In all my dealings with others.
May I use the gift of speech with kindness.

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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