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Daily Prayer - 2014-10-14

Presence

Jesus waits silent and unseen to come into my heart.
I will respond to His call.
He comes with His infinite power and love
May I be filled with joy in His presence.

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
May your Holy Spirit guide me to follow you freely.
Instil in my heart a desire
To know and love you more each day.

Consciousness

I remind myself that I am in your presence, O Lord.
I will take refuge in your loving heart.
You are my strength in times of weakness.
You are my comforter in times of sorrow.

The Word of God

Luke 11:37-41

While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so he went in and took his place at the table. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not first wash before dinner. Then the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • These days we hear endless messages about hand-washing and sanitising. Cleanliness and hygiene are highlighted but it is because of the coronavirus. Ritual washing had a practical element but it became much more than that. We pray for the inner cleanliness that helps us to live more fully for you, Lord, and to be good companions to others in your name. ‘Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God’ (Matt 5:8)
  • Jesus availed of the invitation of a Pharisee to dine as an opportunity to teach. External situations provide opportunities to live our faith lives more fully. We are called to a change of heart, an internal conversion. Lord, give us the freedom to hear your message and to respond in being generous to others in your name. We pray to avail of the opportunities offered as Jesus did.

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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