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Daily Prayer - 2013-10-01

Presence

Dear Jesus, as I call on you today
I realise that I often come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.

Freedom

If God were trying to tell me something, would I know?
If God were reassuring me or challenging me, would I notice?
I ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations
and open to what God may be saying to me.

Consciousness

I exist in a web of relationships - links to nature, people, God.
I trace out these links, giving thanks for the life that flows through them.
Some links are twisted or broken: I may feel regret, anger, disappointment.
I pray for the gift of acceptance and forgiveness.

The Word of God

Luke 9:51-56

When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • ‘To go to Jerusalem’ in Saint Luke’s gospel means to go to his passion. The passage indicates the hostility between the Jews and the Samaritans. However, the disciples’ way of dealing with the issue and the Lord’s way differ greatly.
  • In the parable 'The Good Samaritan', the Samaritan is the hero and through it the Lord teaches that everyone is our neighbour and should be treated as such. We all agree with the ideal but most of us struggle with it in practice.
  • Are there groups you have difficulty treating as neighbours? Reflect on them in the light of the Lord’s teaching and example. Discuss the issue with him.

Conversation

Jesus you speak to me through the words of the gospels.
May I respond to your call today.
Teach me to recognise your hand at work in my daily living.

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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