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Daily Prayer - 2021-10-19

Presence

I slow myself down for a moment, and try to realise that God is present.
To me. Here and now. He is in present in what I do,
in the people that I meet, and the situations I find myself in daily.
How can I make this reality real for myself?

Freedom

There are very few people
who realise what God would make of them
if they abandoned themselves into his hands,
and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God's love.

Consciousness

Grant, O Lord, that I may be conscious
and grateful for all the good things you have given to me.
May I share my blessings with others always.

The Word of God

Luke 12:35-38

Jesus said to his disciples, "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In busy lives, waiting can be experienced as a waste of time, a delaying of what is desired. However, waiting can be formative as it was for the chosen people entering the promised Land. It can serve to prepare, to foster alertness, to be ready when the master returns. We pray for the patience to wait, for the readiness to be alert to the surprising ways in which the Lord comes to visit us.
  • We are accustomed to hearing of servants waiting on the master, but we know that God is waiting for us to be ready to receive the visitation from on high. There is reversal of the usual situation in reading that the master will wait on and will serve those faithful helpers. Lord, we pray that you will keep us alert and ready to wait for you, to wait on you, knowing that you wait on us as a humble servant.

Conversation

Do I notice myself reacting as I pray with the Word of God?
Do I feel challenged, comforted, angry?
Imagining Jesus sitting or standing by me,
I speak out my feelings, as one trusted friend to another.

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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