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Faith Daily |17 June 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 526


Father, we praise you,

that through your Word and Holy Spirit

you created all things;

you reveal your salvation in all the world

through Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh;

through your Holy Spirit you give us a share

in your life and love:

fill us with the vision of your glory,

that we may always serve and praise you,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen



GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 6: 19-23


19 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust* consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust* consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


22 ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; 23but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!


GOSPEL REFLECTION: Alan Dann


Since December 2019 how many times have we been shopping only to find:


No toilet paper

No pasta

No rice, beef mince or cheese

No cleaning products

And lately

No ordinary household vinegar on the shelves.


This phenomenon gives a glimpse of the greed, fear and selfishness, of those who hoard, those who believe in storing up their treasures on earth.


How frustrating it is for those who buy for the needs of the day and have faith that products would be available to buy tomorrow if everyone were prepared to share.


My GP refers to getting old with the euphemism “increasing maturity” so the more mature I get the more I value God’s gifts of love, companionship and sharing in preference to placing great value on the stuff that I have accumulated over my lifetime.


There is a message about caring and sharing in the first part of this reading from St Matthew’s Gospel.


The second part of this reading is a little more difficult to interpret and understand. Perhaps it relates to the sparkle of eye indicating joy evident when someone is having a good time or is in a welcoming and loving mood. Maybe Jesus is finding a path to the feelings of the heart. Maybe if the feelings are of doom and gloom Jesus is encouraging us to walk towards the light.

Evelyn Underhill, Practical Mysticism: A Little Book for Normal People

I conclude with Underhill’s ‘prayer on Prayer’ – it is longish, but I could not decide which verses to not leave with you! As we yield to prayer……

FINAL PRAYER St Ignatius Loyola

A favorite prayer of mine is:-

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;

Teach me to serve you as you deserve,

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds,

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labour and not to seek reward,

Except that of knowing that I do your will.

Amen.

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