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Daily Prayer - 2013-10-04

Presence

Dear Lord, help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my mind with your peace, Your Love.

Freedom

I ask for the grace
to let go of my own concerns
and be open to what God is asking of me,
to let myself be guided and formed by my loving Creator.

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life? By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.  If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

Luke 10:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples, "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Today’s reading reminds of an aspect we often overlook. Jesus from time to time speaks clearly of judgement: we will be judged according to our deeds and to our reaction to God’s many gifts to us. We will only be saved if we want, and God, however merciful, cannot make us do what we refuse to choose. • Today is the feast of St Francis, a saint who is a universal favourite, because when we look at him we understand much better who Jesus was, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Sometimes he is reduced to a romantic figure, a kind of 13th century hippie. I ask myself what attracts me most in this saint, and pray to be given to be, like him, someone who reflects Jesus in my life.
  • Today is the feast of St Francis, a saint who is a universal favourite, because when we look at him we understand much better who Jesus was, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Sometimes he is reduced to a romantic figure, a kind of 13th century hippie. I ask myself what attracts me most in this saint, and pray to be given to be, like him, someone who reflects Jesus in my life.

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for you.

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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