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Daily Prayer - 2021-09-15

Presence

“Be still and know that I am God”
Lord, may your spirit guide me
to seek Your Loving presence
more and more. For it is there
I find rest and refreshment from
this busy world.

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

How am I really feeling? Lighthearted? Heavy-hearted?
I may be very much at peace, happy to be here.
Equally, I may be frustrated, worried or angry.
I acknowledge how I really am. It is the real me that the Lord loves.

The Word of God

Luke 2:33-35

And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed, so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed--and a sword will pierce your own soul too."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • This passage records what happened at the first appearance of Jesus in the Temple, the centre of Jewish worship. Before blessing his parents Simeon had taken the child in his arms. The verb used to describe this action of the holy old man was also that of the priestly action of accepting a sacrificial offering in the temple. The obvious implication is that the child is destined to be a sacrifice.
  • The reference to ‘piercing your own soul too’ must have revealed to Mary how she would be involved in this sacrifice of her Son. The only other use of sword is in Genesis 3:24.”He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the great winged creatures and the flashing fiery sword, to guard the way to the tree of life”. As we stand in spirit beside the ‘tree of new life’ on calvary we are invited to go to Jesus, through Mary.

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for you.

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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