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Daily Prayer - 2019-08-16

Presence

May my heart rejoice in your love, O Lord.
Let me live each day anew.

Freedom

Guide me always to do your holy will
knowing that your strength will
carry me through.

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 19:3-12

Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, 'Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?' He answered, 'Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning "made them male and female", and said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh"? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.' They said to him, 'Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?' He said to them, 'It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but at the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery.' His disciples said to him, 'If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.' But he said to them, 'Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • This is not an easy text to read, when so many marriages end up in divorce, and where more and more people do not get married. Today I will just listen humbly to Jesus as he speaks of God’s plan for married life from the beginning. I control my urge to argue or to condemn, and try to listen with an open heart.
  • I pray that I am not ‘unteachable’, but be given an open heart. A heart that is ready to listen to what God wants of humanity, and a heart that is gentle and kind towards those who do not succeed in following these high ideals. I pray for Pope Francis and for the whole Church as it grapples with the pastoral challenge of marriages which have irretrievably broken down.

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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