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Daily Prayer - 2019-07-11

Presence

Jesus waits silent and unseen to come into my heart.
I will respond to His call.
He comes with His infinite power and love
May I be filled with joy in His presence.

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

In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

Matthew 19:27-29

Then Peter said in reply, "Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?" Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus often goes out of his way to warn his followers to prepare themselves for suffering : discipleship comes at cost.
  • But the question here is : What about reward – can any reward be expected for discipleship ? Jesus replies that there will be reward both in the present world and in the world to come. There will be assurances even now of the Lord’s favour : a hundredfold or manifold reward (though one Gospel warns that persecutions will persist) – But ‘when all is made new’, those who ‘have left everything’ will sit on twelve thrones beside the Lord ‘to judge the twelve tribes of Israel’ (a privilege accorded, in another part of the Christian Bible, to all the Blessed Ones).
  • Peter may have taken his cue here from the encounter of Jesus with the rich young man narrated just before : for the latter, the invitation to leave everything had proved too much.
  • This passage has a special application to today’s Saint – Benedict, founder of European monasticism and a Patron of Europe.

Conversation

I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in me? Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story I have heard recently - will slowly rise to the surface in my consciousness. If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to me?

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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