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Daily Prayer - 2019-08-13

Presence

Jesus waits silent and unseen to come into my heart.
I will respond to His call.
He comes with His infinite power and love
May I be filled with joy in His presence.

Freedom

Lord grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in your love.

Consciousness

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to you,
I find peace and contentment.

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

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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