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Daily Prayer - 2014-09-15

Presence

As I begin this prayer, God is present,
breathing life into me and into everything around me.
For a few moments, I remain silent,
and become aware of God's loving presence.

Freedom

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Consciousness

In the presence of my loving Creator, I look honestly at my feelings over the last day, the highs, the lows and the level ground. Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

John 19:25-27

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Today we remember Our Lady of Sorrows. It is only right that we should reflect on the union of Mary and Jesus in the mystery of Salvation. As far as Mary is concerned, we know so little for certain; How much did she know? How much was she and the family involved in the public life of her son? Not much, if we are to accept the paucity of gospel references to her during the ministry. But we can imagine her puzzlement during the ups and downs of his public life, and we can speculate on the many long years of the hidden life. There is no need to speculate about her dreadful pain during his passion. Any mother would be torn apart emotionally at the death of their only son by crucifixion inflicted unjustly. How much more would she have been, given her sensitivity arising from her closeness to Him by grace and nature?
  • I suggest this prayer of St Anselm: O good mother, by the love with which you love your son and desire him to be loved, obtain for us the grace we pray you to love him truly as you truly love him and desire him to be loved.

Conversation

Lord, I know that when I turn to you there is no need for words.
You can see into my heart.
You know my desires and you know my needs.
I place myself into your hands.

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

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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