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Daily Prayer - 2014-08-16

Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of your presence.

Freedom

Guide me always to do your holy will
knowing that your strength will
carry me through.

Consciousness

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

Matthew 19:13-15

Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • This is one of the most moving scenes in the Gospel: Jesus welcomes the children and blesses them and proclaims that the kingdom of heaven belongs to them and to those who are childlike. I look at my attitudes, and ask to become more childlike, with a more trusting and welcoming heart.
  • Every day we hear of more horrible instances of child neglect and child abuse, throughout society, and sadly, even in our own churches. I pray in sorrow at this profanation of children’s trust, and for the healing of abused and abusers. I ask Jesus to help the Church learn from its mistakes and become a space where the safeguarding of children is a real priority.

Conversation

Friends don’t keep secrets from one another.
As I pray, can I look at Jesus as my friend
And share my innermost thoughts with him
Trusting that He understands?

Conclusion

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.

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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