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Daily Prayer - 2013-11-15

Presence

May my heart rejoice in your love, O Lord.
Let me live each day anew.

Freedom

Many countries are at this moment suffering the agonies of war.
I bow my head in thanksgiving for my freedom.
I pray for all prisoners and captives.

Consciousness

There is a time and place for everything, as the saying goes.
Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
To hear your call.

The Word of God

Luke 17:26-37

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed all of them —it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.’ Then they asked him, ‘Where, Lord?’ He said to them, ‘Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • As we know from recent experience, many overwhelming events catch us by surprise, just when we think that ordinary life will continue as usual. These moments often cause us to stop and think, what is it all about and what are we really living for? God gives us the help to live our life on our journey to Him and not be caught by surprise.
  • Everything in this life is passing, we are on a pilgrimage back to our heavenly home, and so we are not to be tied to anything or anyone to the detriment of forgetting who we are and where we are bound. This earthly life will pass away, and so we are not to build our house on the shifting sands of earthly life but on the rock of God’s plan for us. Where your heart is, there will be your treasure also.

Conversation

To communicate we don’t always need to talk.
Can I imagine myself sitting quietly with Jesus?
I looking silently at him and He at me.
How do I feel?

Conclusion

Filled with the loving presence of God
Ask him to bless you and guide your steps
As you go to do His work in your daily life.

Amen

Prayer for peace:

Following days of rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Pope Francis called on Christians around the world to fast and pray for peace in Eastern Europe this coming Ash Wednesday.
“I invite everyone to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for peace, I encourage believers in a special way to devote themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace protect the world from the folly of war.” Pope Francis, 25/02/2022

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