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Daily Prayer - 2014-06-18

Presence

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to You,
I find peace and contentment.

Freedom

God is not foreign to my freedom.
Instead the Spirit breathes life into my most intimate desires,
gently nudging me towards all that is good.
I ask for the grace to let myself be enfolded by the Spirit.

Consciousness

Dear Jesus may I always be aware of your presence,
Your power and your Love,
all the days of my life.

The Word of God

Matthew 6:2-4

‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.'

 

 

 

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Secrecy and discretion have fallen on hard times: suspicion is expressed both of spying governments and of those who avoid social media. Having nothing to hide seems not enough: it sometimes seems necessary to publish everything. Jesus draws attention to another aspect of life, the need for a quiet, reflective and responsible living. I think of the unassuming life to which Jesus calls me and ask God’s help to let go of any need to be thought well of, and ask God’s help that I might think the best of others.

Conversation

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.

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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