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Daily Prayer - 2019-08-13

Presence

As I sit here, the beating of my heart,
the ebb and flow of my breathing, the movements of my mind
are all signs of God's ongoing creation of me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of this presence of God within me.

Freedom

"I am free."
When I look at these words in writing,
they seem to create in me a feeling of awe.
Yes, a wonderful feeling of freedom.
Thank you, God.

Consciousness

Life is busy Lord
Often my best intentions are left undone.
But I know that you are with me in all I say and do,
And in everyone I meet with daily.

The Word of God

Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. 'Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • ‘Unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven’. This was certainly an unexpected reply to the disciples’ question about who is greatest in the Kingdom. I try to bring to mind a child I know well, and ask myself what it would mean for me to become like him or her: grow in simplicity, in trust, in playfulness and the ability to rejoice, to wonder... I let myself be surprised by Jesus’ reply, and ask him to make me more suited to enter the kingdom.
  • As I listen to Jesus, I recall the terrible scandal of child abuse, within and outside the Church. I pray for pardon, for healing, for conversion, for humility, for peace in people’s hearts. We pray for courageous leaders, transparent and robust structures and mentalities that safeguard children everywhere.

Conversation

Begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture you have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in you?
Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story you have heard recently -
will slowly rise to the surface of your consciousness.
If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to you?

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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