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Daily Prayer - 2021-09-17

Presence

I remind myself that I am in your presence O Lord.
I will take refuge in your loving heart.
You are my strength in times of weakness.
You are my comforter in times of sorrow.

Freedom

I need to close out the noise, to rise above the noise;
The noise that interrupts, that separates,
The noise that isolates.
I need to listen to God again.

Consciousness

There is a time and place for everything, as the saying goes.
Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
To hear your call.

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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  • The colourful group described in this passage indicates that Jesus was not “choosy” about his followers. He comes to call us all, regardless of our background or our past. He has high hopes for all of us. He wants all of us, you and me, to be saints. St Therese of Lisieux was upset when a priest scolded her in the confessional when she expressed her desire to become a great saint, implying that she thought a lot of herself. Therese, however, was not deterred and she encourages all of us to have the same desire as she had, confident that this is eminently pleasing to God who wants us to be perfect “like he is perfect”.

Conversation

Dear Lord, stay by my side always.
Gain for me a trusting heart.
Thank you for loving 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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