User Settings

  • Background
  • Fade speed
  • Music
  • Text size
Choose a backgound theme.
Choose the speed the daily prayer fades between stages.
Choose music to play during the daily prayer.
Choose the size of the text for your daily prayer.

Daily Prayer - 2019-07-20

Presence

What is present to me is what has a hold on my becoming.
I reflect on the Presence of God always there in love,
amidst the many things that have a hold on me.
I pause and pray that I may let God
affect my becoming in this precise moment.
 

Freedom

Dear Lord, instil in my heart
the desire to know and love you more.
May I respond to your will for my life.

Consciousness

Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence.
Teach me to recognise your presence in others.
Fill my heart with gratitude for the times Your love has been shown to me through the care of others.

The Word of God

Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and conspired against Jesus, how to destroy him. When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smouldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

Active
Default
  • Jesus is aware that events are leading up to a life-crisis for him. And so he tries to clarify with his followers, in what sense his mission could be called (as we might say) a ‘revolutionary programme’.
  • His preaching movement has certainly not aimed at armed confrontation (no fighting in the streets) in an effort to oust the Roman occupation of the land. Nor was it an effort to force good moral behaviour through punishment or threat, (breaking the crushed reed, putting out the smouldering wick).
  • Jesus rather – by example and teaching – has tried to bring before the people the reality of their loving Father – that Father, of whom Jesus himself is the beloved favourite, the chosen one.
  • This relationship is the ‘truth’ that Jesus hopes will win out in the hearts of the people. This is to be a revolution-of-love that all nations can put their hope in.

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

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

If you appreciated the daily prayer or have any suggestions or insights we will be glad to hear from you.

Consider making a donation here