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Daily Prayer - 2019-07-09

Presence

God is with me, but more, God is within me.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, in my mind, in my heart,
as I am here, right now.

Freedom

What most often stops me achieving freedom is my tendency
to be caught up in fears and expectations
about what I 'ought' or 'should' be.
My usual automatic responses tie me down
and inhibit me from exploring new areas of growth.
I ask and pray for a greater sense of inner freedom and
that I might reach the fresh and challenging possibilities
that God wishes me to realise.

 

Consciousness

When I return to my everyday tasks,
remind me, Lord,
that you are always there beside me.
I need never despair.

The Word of God

Matthew 9:35-38

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In the Gospels, sickness is clearly not treated as a mere medical problem. Once again, sickness (like sin and even like death) is ultimately ascribed to the activity of the Evil One. The demonic power was feared. So Jesus saw his mission as : hand-to-hand combat with the Enemy.
  • Even some of those meant to be spiritual leaders of the people, allowed their motivation to come under the diabolic influence – like the Pharisees here who perversely ascribe Jesus’ miracle to the devil-in-chief.
  • No wonder, then, that the people as a whole could at times feel confused, pulled this-way-and-that, harassed and dejected : Jesus was quite clear that they had both bad and good guides / shepherds.
  • Jesus had important work to do – the harvest – and was going to need co-workers to share his mission.

Conversation

Words don't come easily to me, Lord.
Look into my heart
and see my longing for peace.
Watch over me, Lord.
I know that you are always by my side.

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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