Daily Prayer

July 27

Reflection The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Matthew 13:44-46 Some once believed pearls to be the tears of the gods. Others thought them dewdrops filled with moonlight that fell into the ocean and were swallowed…

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July 26

Reflection “Contemplation is a long, loving look at what is real. How often we are fooled by what mimics the real. Indeed we live in a culture that flaunts the phony and lives on wild fabrication. We are so bombarded by the superficial and the trivial that we can lose our bearings and give ourselves over to a way of…

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July 25

Reflection In the post-resurrection gospel story of of Jesus’ appearance on the beach near where the apostles were fishing, we are told that: “they saw him but theydid not know it was Jesus.” This is worth pondering. How can we apply it to ourselves?  How often do we see, hear or experience Christ through others or in our own life…

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July 24

Reflection ” Those who rise early to seek God will find blessing.” Ecclesiasticus 32:14 There is a contemplative feeling to the early morning which is conducive to prayer. Usually, the sun is just rising, it is quiet and there is an opportunity for solitude. The only sounds are the stirrings of new beginnings. Morning brings a sense of freshness and…

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July 23

Reflection People who are truly holy know that life is not to be endured but to be enjoyed. The virtue of joy is listed as one of the fruits of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Joy grows out of faith, grace, gratitude, hope, and love. It is a simple delight in being alive and a response to feelings of…

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July 22

Feast of Mary Magdalene Reflection “…the contributions of this woman to the ministry of Jesus, her fidelity during his crucifixion, and her leadership as first apostolic witness to the resurrection place her in a pivotal role at the foundation of ekklesia. Yet, centuries of patriarchal construal in literature, art and preaching have depicted Magdalene as a repentant sinner, most likely…

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July 21

Reflection Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. With the stroke of a pen, the federal government blotted out “separate but equal,” put the power of the Department of Justice behind desegregation of public schools, and laid the foundation for racial, religious and gender equality in the workplace. A half-century…

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July 20

Reflection If you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest.   “Jesus’ parable makes clear that any attempt to root out the weeds will only do more damage to the crop. This has played out far too many times in congregations and denominations, with some determined to root out…

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July 19

Reflection We are approaching the end of Ramadan the greatest religious observance of Islam. During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and…

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July 18

Reflection July 18 is the birthday of Nelson Mandela, who is the model of a lifelong non-violent justice activist whose dedication bought about the end of the racist apartheid government in South Africa. Below are some of his words showing the character and prophetic nature of Mandela the leader and the man. I am also here today as a representative…

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