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Daily Prayer - 2019-07-10

Presence

As I sit here, the beating of my heart,
the ebb and flow of my breathing, the movements of my mind
are all signs of God's ongoing creation of me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of this presence of God within me.

Freedom

A thick and shapeless tree-trunk
would never believe that it could become a statue,
admired as a miracle of sculpture,
and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor,
who sees by his genius what he can make of it. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to let myself be shaped by my loving Creator.

 

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life?
By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.
If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

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

Lord, I know that when I turn to you there is no need for words.
You can see into my heart.
You know my desires and you know my needs.
I place myself into your hands.

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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