Thursday 4 July 2019

About Today Readings

Genesis 22:1-19. Psalm 114(116):1-6, 8-9. Matthew 9:1-8.
I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living – Psalm 114(116):1-6, 8-9
‘I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.’

Today’s psalm response affirms the foundation of our faith: the presence of God in creation and in life. We are moved to trust, walking with an awareness of God’s presence in our days. This leads us to find our strength in the One who encourages, challenges, calls, and as in today’s gospel, heals us – in a distinctly personal way.

God of presence, send forth your Holy Spirit and create in me a deeper love of you and your word. Make me attentive to your presence at work in my life, within each human person I encounter, and in the entire creation. Spirit of life, move within me a longing for your presence still. Shape me, prepare me, and send me to build up my sisters and brothers. Fill my heart with consolation that I may be made whole – fully alive to your constant blessing.

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