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Daily Prayer - 2013-07-03

Presence

Lord, help me to be fully alive to your Holy presence.
Enfold me in your love.
Let my heart become one with yours.

Freedom

I need to close out the noise, to rise above the noise;
The noise that interrupts, that separates,
The noise that isolates.
I need to listen to God again.

Consciousness

Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
May I not forget your goodness to me.
Guide me to share your blessings with others.

The Word of God

John 20:24-29

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In this reading Jesus is saying in effect to Thomas, “I am in the process of leaving you and ascending to my Father. This means that you will have to find me present in a new way or through your faith in my love for you”. This is like when someone you love and who loves you goes away for a long time. Since he or she is no longer physically or emotionally present, you have to rely on what you have learned to believe about this person’s love for you.
  • Jesus leaves you with the Gospel stories and invites you to listen to what they are saying to you about how he looks at and loves you now. He does this so that you might believe what each Gospel story is saying to you about his love for you.

Conversation

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

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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