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Daily Prayer - 2013-10-22


God is with me, but more, God is within me.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, in my mind, in my heart,
as I am here, right now.


If God were trying to tell me something, would I know?
If God were reassuring me or challenging me, would I notice?
I ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations
and open to what God may be saying to me.


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

Luke 12:35-38

Jesus said to his disciples, "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • The context of Luke’s gospel is the awareness of Jesus that his conflict with the Jewish authorities is likely to end in his arrest and death. He is trying to prepare his disciples to be ready for this.
  • Life is a challenging journey and we can never be ready for every event in our lives. The gospel says: “Be dressed for action” and blessed are those who are ready and alert. It takes a deep breath of faith to be ready for any unexpected event which may come upon us. We know that on some level within us we must be always ready for death. It comes as a loving master ready to serve us.


Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.


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