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Daily Prayer - 2019-07-17

Presence

Dear Jesus, as I call on you today
I realise that I often come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.

Freedom

God is not foreign to my freedom.
Instead the Spirit breathes life into my most intimate desires,
gently nudging me towards all that is good.
I ask for the grace to let myself be enfolded by the Spirit.

Consciousness

Grant, O Lord, that I may be conscious
and grateful for all the good things you have given to me.
May I share my blessings with others always.

The Word of God

Matthew 11:25-27

At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • ‘Belonging’ is what characterizes family life. And one of the signs that people are ‘family’, is that they know things which are kept secret from, or never revealed to, others.
  • In many Gospel passages, it is difficult for Jesus to even continue to convince his hearers that he is more than just any wandering preacher – and when he claims to forgive sins, many think that he is really ‘going too far’.
  • But in this passage, things are carried further still – so that these Gospel lines have been compared to a thunderbolt or meteorite appearing in a perfectly everyday sky : Not only does Jesus tell us that he himself is one with the God of heaven – but he calls God his Father; and, further, he speaks of an intimate relationship between Father and Son.
  • The ordinary people would have considered the learned doctors of the Law to be on a higher level than themselves. But the people are now invited or elevated to a dignity that is nothing less than super-human : they are to be adopted sisters and brothers of God’s Son – to be adopted royalty of the kingdom of heaven.

Conversation

“Stay and watch with me.”
Your words, Lord, to the disciples
before your suffering and death.
I know, Lord, You will stay and watch over me
all the days of my life.

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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