Daily Prayer

July 28

Reflection  And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:1-13 In intercessory prayer we bring our concerns, hopes, fears, and joys to…

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July 27

Reflection Faith in Jesus is not about notional assent to a set of doctrines and rules. It is primarily about a relationship in which the incarnational body of God in our world grows and flourishes into that fullness of life, a new “reign” in which all are invited as active agents.  It is not for those sittiing on the fence…

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July 26

Reflection An ecological asceticism works to restore right relations between humankind and otherkind. Rather than the medieval construct of the hierarchy of being…ecological asceticism reconfigures that pyramid into a circle of life with human beings thoroughly interwoven with all other creatures, special in virtue of being conscious and free but utterly interdependent on others for their life. The prophetic response…

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July 25

Reflection Justice is an aspect of compassion. Justice, if you like, is the public face of compassion.  You cannot have religion without justice.  You can’t retreat into private meditation.  You have to be concerned with society. The real question of all religions in the 21st century is not doctrinal. The real question is can we bring healing to our world?  If religions fail…

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July 24

Reflection Being rude is easy. It does not take any effort and is a sign of weakness and insecurity. Kindness shows great self-discipline and strong self-esteem. Being kind is not always easy when dealing with rude people. Kindness is a sign of a person who has done a great deal of personal work and has come to a great self-understanding…

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July 23

Reflection Alone is a state of being. Not loneliness, but aloneness. It is something sought rather than avoided. You can find it in just a moment, a breath: in Central Park, or early morning on the street, sitting on a stoop, or leaning against the window of a bus or subway car, alone in a throng of commuters.. The breaths…

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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 Martha, Martha you are worried and distracted about many things, but few things are needed— or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:38 42 The problem with Martha is not that she is busy serving and providing hospitality. Certainly Jesus commends this kind of service to the…

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July 20

Reflection The most pressing moral and spiritual question of the age is— what is our relationship to the earth and how do we set it right again. What is it that needs to be done? If what we have learned from culture and its economic and political systems is a hierarchical worldview that elevates the human species above all others,…

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July 19

Reflection Those who rise early to seek God will find blessing. Ecclesiasticus 32:14 Morning brings a sense of freshness and gratitude for another day of living. 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…

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