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Daily Prayer - 2014-11-22

Presence

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to You,
I find peace and contentment.

Freedom

Lord grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in your love.

Consciousness

Conscious of your presence, Lord,
I look over my recent past.
Let me be honest with myself about how I’ve been
And what I’ve done,
Because I know you love truth in the heart
And accept me just as I am.

The Word of God

Luke 20:27-40

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, 'Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.' Jesus said to them, 'Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die any more, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.' Then some of the scribes answered, 'Teacher, you have spoken well.' For they no longer dared to ask him another question.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • How easy it is for religious people to waste time and energy in spurious debates that neither advance the cause of the Gospel nor shed any light on real-life issues. Yet they can become a distraction from our real tasks as Christians. Like the Sadducees in today’s gospel reading we can easily find ourselves caught up in endless discussions on minor points of the liturgy or of Church law, without realising we are wasting precious time and perhaps creating needless division.
  • Today’s saint, Andrew Dung-Lac, was one of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. In our times too, all over the world, many still suffer persecution, and even pay the ultimate price of their liberty and life, because of their religious beliefs. I pray for them, that they may find strength in the martyrs of other times and in our solidarity.

Conversation

Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

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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