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Daily Prayer - 2013-07-06


Lord, God, my Creator,
Be close to me now.
My soul yearns for your presence.


Your death on the cross has set me free.
I can live joyously and freely
without fear of death.
Your mercy knows no bounds.


In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

Matthew 9:14-17

The disciples of John came to Jesus, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • John’s disciples were more concerned with adhering to the custom of fasting and seemed to neglect the possibility of opening themselves more fully to the teaching of Jesus. Using the example of the wineskins Jesus indicates how the existing Jewish traditions could be enhanced in the light of his preaching about the kingdom of God.
  • Jesus, I pray that I may more readily see the ways through which your teaching offers me new life. Help me to be attentive to receive the newness of your message and the blessings you wish to give me.


What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side and share my feelings with him.


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.


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