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Daily Prayer - 2013-08-23

Presence

The more we call on God
the more we can feel God's presence.
Day by day we are drawn closer
to the loving heart of God.

Freedom

There are very few people
who realise what God would make of them
if they abandoned themselves into his hands,
and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God's love.

Consciousness

Grant, O Lord, that I may be conscious
and grateful for all the good things you have given to me.
May I share my blessings with others always.

The Word of God

Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The Pharisees appear to operate out of fear and insecurity. Their greatest opponents the Sadducees have been silenced by Jesus and now they are trying their hand. But Jesus rises to the challenge and declares nothing other than the fundamental teachings of the Jewish faith.
  • Great leaders are those who re-state with clarity what we all feel to be right. They know what is important and what is not. Do you think they went away satisfied with Jesus’s reply?
  • Inside every one of us is a little Pharisee. We have our fears and insecurities; we seek certainty and need help to prioritise. Have you thought of asking Jesus what’s important for you?

Conversation

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

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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