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Daily Prayer - 2019-07-10

Presence

I reflect for a moment on God's presence around me and in me.
Creator of the universe, the sun and the moon, the earth,
every molecule, every atom, everything that is:
God is in every beat of my heart. God is with me, now.

Freedom

Lord I ask for the grace to know
That doing your will is a joy
Because your will is my deepest desire
And you are always willing what is best for me.

Consciousness

Lord you have called me ‘the light of the world’.
Let me be always conscious of those you want me to serve,
The hungry and the homeless,
The sick and the destitute,
The stranger and the refugee.

The Word of God

Matthew 10:1-7

Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.'"

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus singles out from his followers a grouping of twelve individuals to be the agents of the spread of his kingdom – a grouping that would be seen as modelled on the twelve tribes of Israel.
  • We should not understand their mission – commission – to be confined to teaching simply, to just communicating a message. Jesus gave them ‘authority’ – that authority or power which went with his words as he himself performed miracles, and at which people marvelled. We might once more recall that ‘unclean spirits’ were considered to be the root cause of all diseases and sickness, even where direct exorcism might not be called for.
  • At a later stage, not only would Jesus himself venture near areas of borderline belief – but he was to extend to way beyond Israel the commission to impart-with-power the dominion of his kingdom. We can speculate that he envisaged the preaching of his apostles at this particular point, to be simply a preliminary foray.

Conversation

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

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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