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Daily Prayer - 2015-01-26

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

Consciousness

Knowing that God loves me unconditionally,
I can afford to be honest about how I am.
How has the last day been, and how do I feel now?
I share my feelings openly with the Lord.

The Word of God

Luke 10:1-9

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The same reading, earlier this month, was used on the feast day of Saint Francis (4th October). Here it is chosen for the feast of Saint Luke, as the author of the third gospel. Two saints, living twelve centuries apart, and yet both inspired by the same message: God's joy for the poor.
  • 'Greet no-one on the road'. The single-minded urgency of the gospel requires a suspension of social norms, even of basic traveller's courtesy. What does my own spiritual 'journey' look like? Does it have something of the same intensity and focus that makes people take notice of something unusual? Do I come across as a man, or a woman, on a mission?
  • 'The Kingdom of God has come near to you'. Take some time to imagine yourself hearing these words, spoken to you. By whom? Now take some time to imagine yourself speaking these words. To whom do you speak them?

Conversation

“Stay and watch with me.”
Your words, Lord, to the disciples
before your suffering and death.
I know, Lord, You will stay and watch over me
all the days of my life.

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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