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Daily Prayer - 2013-08-23

Presence

As I begin this prayer, God is here.
Around me, in my sensations, in my thoughts and deep within me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of God's life-giving presence.

Freedom

Lord, guide me always
to do your holy will
knowing that your strength
will carry me through.

Consciousness

Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence.
Teach me to recognise your presence in others.
Fill my heart with gratitude for the times Your love has been shown to me through the care of others.

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 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?”

Conversation

Lord, I know that when I turn to you there is no need for words.
You can see into my heart.
You know my desires and you know my needs.
I place myself into your hands.

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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