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Daily Prayer - 2019-07-17

Presence

Dear Lord, you have called me by my name.
You have carved me in the palm of your hand.
May I grow in trust and never give in to despair.

Freedom

I ask for the grace to believe
in what I could be and do
if I only allowed God, my loving Creator,
to continue to create me, guide me and shape me.

Consciousness

Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

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

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.
Sometimes I get bogged down
with the concerns of this life.
Grant that I may be still more often.
To know Your peace, Your calm.

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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