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Daily Prayer - 2013-08-23

Presence

To be present is to arrive as one is and open up to the other.
At this instant, as I arrive here, God is present waiting for me.
God always arrives before me, desiring to connect with me
even more than my most intimate friend.
I take a moment and greet my loving God.

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
May your Holy Spirit guide me to follow you freely.
Instil in my heart a desire
To know and love you more each day.

Consciousness

I exist in a web of relationships - links to nature, people, God.
I trace out these links, giving thanks for the life that flows through them.
Some links are twisted or broken: I may feel regret, anger, disappointment.
I pray for the gift of acceptance and forgiveness.

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

Jesus you speak to me through the words of the gospels.
May I respond to your call today.
Teach me to recognise your hand at work in my daily living.

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.

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