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Daily Prayer - 2023-01-22

Presence

I pause for a moment, aware that God is here.
I think of how everything around me,
the air I breathe, my whole body,
is tingling with the the presence of God.

Freedom

"Leave me here freely all alone
In cell where never sunlight shone
should no one ever speak to me
This golden silence makes me free."
Part of a poem written by a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp

Consciousness

Conscious of your presence Lord
I look over my recent past.
I can be honest with myself about how I’ve been and what I’ve done
Because I know you love truth in the heart and accept me just as I am.

The Word of God

Matthew 4:12-17

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
'Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.'

From that time Jesus began to proclaim, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In today’s Gospel we see the big picture of the extent and depth of what Jesus comes to do. He wants us to repent which means to undergo a complete change in the way we see and value everything. What does Jesus mean by the kingdom of heaven? It is the world as it might be, as we would wish it to be, this lovely planet as we hope to have it, a place of peace and good will.
  • The inaugural speech of a new national leader is a pivotal moment. We listen with keen ears. We long for authentic words of vision and hope to raise our wearied spirits. Jesus’ inaugural speech, with its message of good news, holds his audience captive. In him, the message and the messenger are united. He offers truth, healing, hope, compassion and peace to the hopeless.

Conversation

Sometimes I wonder what I might say if I were to meet you in person Lord.
I think I might say "Thank You Lord" for always being there for me.
I know with certainty there were times when you carried me, Lord.
When it was through your strength I got through the dark times in my life.

Conclusion

Thank God for His gift of love
As you go forth with joy and hope
To serve His people.

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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