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Daily Prayer - 2021-10-11

Presence

Lord, when I am feeling lonely,
remind me of your promise,
“You are never alone,
I am with you always,
Yes, to the end of time”.

Freedom

I will ask God's help,
to be free from my own preoccupations,
to be open to God in this time of prayer,
to come to know, love and serve God more.

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 11:29-32

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When the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!"

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • When we see dark clouds forming on the horizon, we know a storm is coming. Jesus seems to realise that the opposition to His teaching is taking an ominous turn. He speaks about the final judgment. The Son of Man is destined to become a sign like Jonah, who was buried inside the whale for three days before being regurgitated onto the beach to complete his mission. Jesus will be buried in the tomb of death. Jesus is calling this generation to repent just as Jonah did for the Ninevites.
  • Conversion means a change of heart to receive the words of salvation that Jesus preaches. The Queen of the South travelled a huge distance to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, yet the people of Israel refuse the message from Jesus who stands right beside them. These words challenge us to ponder our own continuing conversion. Are we really allowing the words of Jesus to guide our life and wills? In what area of my life do I still need conversion?

Conversation

Dear Jesus, I can open up my heart to you.
I can tell you everything that troubles me.
I know you care about all the concerns in my life.
Teach me to live in the knowledge
that you who care for me today,
will care for me tomorrow and all the days of my life.

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

Prayer for peace:

Following days of rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Pope Francis called on Christians around the world to fast and pray for peace in Eastern Europe this coming Ash Wednesday.
“I invite everyone to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for peace, I encourage believers in a special way to devote themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace protect the world from the folly of war.” Pope Francis, 25/02/2022

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