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Daily Prayer - 2019-07-16

Presence

Dear Lord, help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my mind with your peace, Your Love.

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
Mostly I take this gift for granted.
Inspire me to live in the freedom you intended,
with a heart untroubled and with complete trust in you.

Consciousness

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.
Grant that I may be still more often.
That I may always desire to spend time in your presence.
To know Your peace, Your love.

The Word of God

Matthew 11:20-24

Then Jesus began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Even when Jesus worked miracles, sometimes the onlookers’ faith was not deepened : Some might have seen it all as no more than a performance by a ‘local talent’. Even more seriously, the result of a miracle was sometimes a crowd scene where the people were casting Jesus in the role of potential political leader who might help oust the occupying forces of Rome. The onlookers were not ‘going deeper’ : they were not picking up the clues to the beyond-this-world destiny to which Jesus was pointing them, or to the true origin of his powers.
  • So we find in the Gospels moments – like here – when Jesus seems depressed at the people’s failure to adopt higher expectations and a better way of life. Prophets such as Isaiah recorded that once, wayward towns like Tyre and Sidon had mended their ways when God’s message was made clear to them – But not so towns like Chorazin and Bethsaida by the sea of Galilee, where Jesus had done his preaching. And the townspeople of Sodom (and Gomorrah) would have had a change of heart, and avoided destruction, had they been witness to miracles like those worked – in vain, as it turned out - by Jesus.

Conversation

Dear Jesus, I can open up my heart to you.
I can tell you everything that troubles me.
I know you care about all the concerns in my life.
Teach me to live in the knowledge
that you who care for me today,
will care for me tomorrow and all the days of my life.

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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