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Daily Prayer - 2014-10-15

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

Lord, like Saint Ignatius, I offer you my memory, understanding,
My entire will.
All I ask for in return is your love and your grace,
That’s enough for me.

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life? By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.  If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

Luke 11:42-46

'But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practised, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the market-places. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.'
One of the lawyers answered him, 'Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.' And he said, 'Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The sad fact of spiritual power, being abused and diverted so as to give status and prestige to religious leaders. We know that the core of Jesus' message is loving compassion, but his words, directed at religious hypocrites, are angry words.
  • Jesus uses colourful language and memorable insults. To be an unmarked grave: to be a place of death without myself or anyone else realising it!
  • The lawyers: loaders of heavy burdens, which they do nothing to relieve. Jesus too places a burden, but his yoke is easy, his burden light. And it is the burden he takes upon himself, the cross.
  • Can I discern and distinguish these two realities in my life? The burdens which others have laid on me, and which I need to throw off? And the cross in my life, offered to me so that my suffering and the suffering of others may be transformed.
  • Today's martyr, Saint Ignatius of Antioch, prayed that he would be transformed in his martyrdom. He wished to cease being a 'mere voice'; instead, the authentic 'Word' would be spoken through him by the Spirit.

Conversation

Your own words, Lord, taught me how to pray.
The beautiful “Our Father”,
contains all I would wish to say.

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

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