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Daily Prayer - 2014-07-15

Presence

God is with me, but more,
God is within me, giving me existence.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, my mind, my heart
and in the whole of my life.

Freedom

Your death on the cross has set me free.
I can live joyously and freely,
without fear of death.
Your mercy knows no bounds.

Consciousness

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

The Word of God

Matthew 11:20-24

Then Jesus began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. "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 in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, on the day of 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. For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • We might not feel very comfortable with the idea of Jesus as our judge, who thunders terrible threats on big and powerful cities. We might prefer the nice sayings about love and universal fraternity, for these hard words unsettle us from our self-righteousness. I try to listen to these words as directed to me and my society's way of life. I also ask for the adequate response to this call for conversion.
  • Not only individuals but our whole societies are urgently called to conversion. There are too many innocent victims of our ultra liberal way of life, in economics and in our life together, not to make us ask some very painful questions about the way we are organised. I pray for my society, and for its conversion from what I consider the most obnoxious elements in God's eyes. I ask for light to see what part I can play as a responsible citizen.

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side and share my feelings with him.

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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