Daily Prayer - week commencing 9 July 2018
God is with me, but more, God is within me.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence in my body, in my mind, in my heart - as I am here, right now.
Lord, may I never take the gift of freedom for granted.
You gave me the great blessing of freedom of spirit.
Fill my spirit with Your peace and Your joy.
How do I find myself today? Where am I with God? With others?
Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks.
Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.
The Word of God Matthew 9:32-38
After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, 'Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.' But the Pharisees said, 'By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.' Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.'
Some thoughts on today's scripture
• Gospel stories of blindness, deafness and dumbness always have a deeper meaning. Much more serious than these physical ailments is being spiritually blind, deaf or dumb. The Pharisees in this story cannot see or do not want to see or hear God at work in Jesus. They are dumb because they cannot speak the words of life which Jesus gives them.
• We too can become like the Pharisees. Let us pray today to be able to see clearly, to understand what God says to us and to be able to share it with others.
• Today the harvest remains rich but the labourers are still in short supply. Despite great strides in knowledge and technology, people today are as lost and rudderless as they ever were.
• Where are today’s labourers? Who are they? Every baptised person is called, in some way, to be a harvester, to help people find and experience the truth and love that God gives in Jesus. Every person, therefore, has a vocation to serve and build the Kingdom of God.
May your Holy Spirit guide me in all my dealings with others. May I be blessed with the gift of courage when times are difficult. May I use the gift of speech with kindness and may I always trust You to guide me in my conversations with others.
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.