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Daily Prayer - 2014-08-22

Presence

I pause for a moment
and think of the love and the grace
that God showers on me,
creating me in his image and likeness,
making me his temple....

Freedom

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

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

Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your souls and with all your mind” This is the greatest commandment and is key to the Lord’s mission. Our actions towards our neighbour is an expression of our love for God as we are invited to see Christ present in the other. Loving your neighbour as yourself, interesting! The latter is open to so many interpretations. Self-love can be so misconstrued, selfish, individualistic etc. However, if we love our neighbour as God desires and we are called to love ourselves in the same way, for Christ is present in us, what does that say about our need for self-care and compassion?
  • Is there any invitation for you at this time? Is there anyone in your life whom you find it difficult to love? Invite the Lord into this situation.

Conversation

How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn and share my feelings with him.

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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