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Daily Prayer - 2020-09-18

Presence

"Be still and know that I am God."
Lord, Your words lead us to the
calmness and greatness of Your Presence.

Freedom

Your death on the cross has set me free.
I can live joyously and freely,
without fear of death.
Your mercy knows no bounds.

Consciousness

I am surrounded by your loving presence, Lord,
But I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
Thank you that I can face my shortcomings
In your merciful embrace.

The Word of God

Luke 8:1-3

Soon afterwards Jesus went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Luke names three Galilean women followers of Jesus: Mary of Magdela, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna. The first two appear in the passion/resurrection narrative. The other Gospels describe their appearance in that narrative but only Luke informs us that they served Jesus and the Twelve out of their means during the public ministry. They symbolize the thousands who have served Christ’s Church. However, some scholars have accused Luke of being patriarchal in his depiction of the women as mere household workers. Other scholars have come to Luke’s defence. However, this brief episode shows that the sacred writers were men of the first century AD and had the presuppositions of their time. This reminds us that we have to keep in mind that the culture of the Scripture writers reflect cultural attitudes and values that we would not accept today and so we must carefully distinguish these from the religious message of the Gospel.

Conversation

Conversation requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for me.

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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