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Daily Prayer - 2013-08-23


"Come to me all you who are burdened
and I will give you rest"
Here I am, Lord.
I come to seek Your presence.
I long for your healing power.


Guide me always to do your holy will
knowing that your strength will
carry me through.


Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the cares of this world.
At times like these may I be aware
of the comfort of your Presence,
Your infinite love for me.

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

  • The greatest and first commandment is challenging. Do I really believe in God and love God? God’s love shines on me like the sun shines on earth. Nothing I do could make God love me more. In this continual relationship with the mystery of God’s love, I know my doubts. I can only say “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”
  • The second commandment is easier to grasp and harder to follow: Love your neighbour as yourself. God is visible through my neighbour. I can ponder on my love for others, those close to me. And I ponder on my attitude towards every stranger around the world who is my sister and brother. I pray for them. What are my actions on behalf of “my neighbour?”


How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn and share my feelings with him.


I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.


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