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Daily Prayer - 2020-10-15

Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of your presence.

Freedom

Lord you gave me life and the gift of freedom.
Through your love I exist in this world.
May I never take the gift of life for granted.
May I always respect the right to life of others.

Consciousness

We are all pilgrims on a journey to you, Lord.
May we contemplate your time on earth,
and, with Your help, follow in your footsteps.

The Word of God

Luke 11:47-54

Jesus said: "Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. So you are witnesses and approve of the deeds of your ancestors; for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,' so that this generation may be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering." When he went outside, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile toward him and to cross-examine him about many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • It is not often that Jesus expresses blazing anger. The cleansing of the Temple is one instance. This passage is another. It reminds us that the God of peace and mercy is also the God of righteousness and justice. His fury here is directed at hypocrisy. Pope Francis, in a recent homily, expressed similar rage: “Hypocrisy is the language of the devil; it is the language of evil that enters our heart and is sown by the devil...We have to learn to accuse ourselves, to reflect on what is inside of us, to see the sin, hypocrisy and the wickedness that is in our heart, and to say it before God with humility. “
  • Reflecting on the last 24 hours, is there any time that I acted in a way contrary to what I believe? Or pretended to be something that I am not? How might I avoid this in the day ahead?

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side and share my feelings with him.

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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