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Daily Prayer - 2014-07-31

Presence

I remind myself that, as I sit here now,
God is gazing on me with love and holding me in being.
I pause for a moment and think of this.

Freedom

Lord, too often I think I am the one in control of my life.
Help me to see that I am powerless over so much.
I ask for the grace to be able to hand over my life to you
And experience the joy of that freedom.

Consciousness

Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
May I not forget your goodness to me.
Guide me to share your blessings with others.

The Word of God

Matthew 13:47-53

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’ When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • This parable is very similar to the one about the wheat and the weeds. There are always those who wish for a Church which includes only good people, where the bad ones are left out. They do not realise that it will probably be an empty church, for God has chosen to be merciful and patient with us sinners, leaving the judgement to the end. Aren’t we all sinners, called by God to accept his mercy in our lives and that of others?
  • Jesus says the member of the kingdom is the wise householder who from his treasury brings out what is new and what is old. The Church is in many places tormented by deep conflicts between liberals and conservatives, traditionalists and innovators. Jesus invites us to be wise, able to discern what is of value, whether new or old. I pray for this wisdom, and for peace and respect within the Church.

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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