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Daily Prayer - 2014-10-22

Presence

Dear Jesus, I come to you today
longing for your presence.
I desire to love you as You love me.
May nothing ever separate me from You.

Freedom

"Leave me here freely all alone
In cell where never sunlight shone
should no one ever speak to me
This golden silence makes me free."
Part of a poem written by a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp

Consciousness

Knowing that God loves me unconditionally,
I look honestly over the last day, its events and my feelings.
Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks.
Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.

The Word of God

Luke 12:39-48

'But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.'
Peter said, 'Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?' And the Lord said, 'Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave says to himself, "My master is delayed in coming", and if he begins to beat the other slaves, men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful. That slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what was wanted, will receive a severe beating. But one who did not know and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The Gospel reading today, like the previous reading, is warning us to be alert and ready for the moment of Christ's return. It has an even darker message that the preceeding text, with hints of violence in the way the bad servant behaves, and in the punishment he can expect to receive. The servant will be 'cut in pieces', and severely beaten.
  • The central point in this text is the need to be attentive and alert. The passage is a call to responsibility. If we know what is expected of us, but we fall short, then we will be held to greater account, especially if our actions are cruel or unjust. This is nevertheless a disturbing, uncomfortable reading.
  • Perhaps I need to spend a bit longer with it than with other readings which give me more consolation. Pray that the Lord will enable this curious text to bear fruit within me, so that I may be more gentle, wise, and compassionate, especially in times of stress.

Conversation

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

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

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