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Daily Prayer - 2014-09-19

Presence

What is present to me is what has a hold on my becoming.
I reflect on the Presence of God always there in love,
amidst the many things that have a hold on me.
I pause and pray that I may let God
affect my becoming in this precise moment.
 

Freedom

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit Lord,
so that I may have inner freedom.
Let your Spirit instil in my heart
a desire to know and love you more each day.

 

Consciousness

I am surrounded by your loving presence Lord,
And I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
Thank you that I can face my shortcomings
In Your merciful embrace.

The Word of God

Luke 8:1-3

Soon afterwards Jesus went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Many people were needed to help Jesus in his ministry. The twelve had a prominent role, but countless others enabled the work to happen. We are told here of the many women who joined Jesus in his ministry work, although the details are scarce. However, we hear that they “provided for them out of their resources.”
  • It is important to remember that our simple support of others is often essential for their success and wellbeing. How might we support someone in our lives today, someone who is working to make the lives of others better? Let us recall the words from Hebrews “do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, you have unwittingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2)

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for you.

Conclusion

Thank God for His gift of love
As you go forth with joy and hope
To serve His people.

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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