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Daily Prayer - 2018-10-13

Presence

I pause for a moment
and reflect on God's life-giving presence
in every part of my body, in everything around me,
in the whole of my life.

Freedom

If God were trying to tell me something, would I know?
If God were reassuring me or challenging me, would I notice?
I ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations
and open to what God may be saying to me.

Consciousness

I am surrounded by your loving presence, Lord,
But I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
Thank you that I can face my shortcomings
In your merciful embrace.

The Word of God

Luke 11:27-28

While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!" But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!"

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • A beautiful short passage from Luke on blessing. Luke’s gospel is full of blessings, especially in the infancy narrative of the first two chapters. All kinds of people - Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Simeon, Anna - know themselves to be blessed on account of a child - John, Jesus - who is to be born.
  • In Luke's nativity accounts, those who are blessed sing for joy. And yet the words of Jesus in his ministry draw us away from this. The gospels are clear about the tension between Jesus and his family, as the one he has learnt to call Father becomes the centre of his life and the source of all blessing.

Conversation

Dear Lord, stay by my side always.
Gain for me a trusting heart.
Thank you for loving me.

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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