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Daily Prayer - 2014-09-06

Presence

Lord, help me to be fully alive to your holy presence.
Enfold me in your love.
Let my heart become one with yours.

Freedom

I try to let go of concerns and worries
that may be dragging me down at this present moment.
I place any concerns I have in Gods hands
- at least for these few minutes of prayer.

Consciousness

We are all pilgrims on a journey to you, Lord.
May we contemplate your time on earth,
and, with Your help, follow in your footsteps.

The Word of God

Luke 6:1-5

One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?" Then he said to them, "The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus’ reference to himself as the Son of Man is regarded as one of the most difficult areas of New Testament research. Do not be surprised if you have difficulty understanding it! In this passage the Pharisees are over exaggerating what the disciples are doing. By concentrating on what they considered the imperfections of his disciples they were suggesting that Jesus was not as important as he was.They were becoming increasingly envious of his growing popularity among the ordinary people. We should pray to be delivered from envy. Envy comes from too little love. We are envious of the success of those we do not like.
  • During his public life Jesus kept people guessing about his complete identity. If he had done so in the early days of his public ministry his opponents would have had him crucified much sooner. It was only when his death was inevitable that he proclaimed before Caiphas, the High Priest, that all humanity would “see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven”. __________________________________________________________________________

Conversation

Conversation requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for me.

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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