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Daily Prayer - 2019-07-11

Presence

I remind myself that, as I sit here now,
God is gazing on me with love and holding me in being.
I pause for a moment and think of this.

Freedom

Lord, guide me always
to do your holy will
knowing that your strength
will carry me through.

Consciousness

As I spend this time with you, Lord,
I am aware of how blessed I truly am.
I think of the love and laughter in my life,
And I feel grateful.

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

To communicate we don’t always need to talk.
Can I imagine myself sitting quietly with Jesus?
I looking silently at him and He at me.
How do I feel?

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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