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Faith Daily | 2 October 2021

PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p586


O God,

you declare your almighty power

chiefly in showing mercy and pity:

mercifully grant us such a measure of your grace

that, running in the way of your commandments,

we may obtain your gracious promises,

and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.



GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 10: 17-24



17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”


21 At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will] 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”


23 Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”


GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Cathy Grant


This passage is full of celebration of God’s purpose. It gives us a sense of Jesus’ unique relationship with the Father and of his mission on earth to reveal the Father to others, especially to and then through his disciples.


Jesus’ mission was to share his knowledge of the Father with those chosen to be his followers. His disciples were fishermen, tax collectors, and other everyday people, not Israel’s rulers, leaders and self-appointed teachers. As St Paul says, God chose what was weak and foolish to shame the strong and wise, who could not see or hear the message Jesus shared.


At the heart of God’s purpose is the creation of a new people, a people who recognize Jesus as the Messiah, God’s true son, a people who in this passage are coming to know God for themselves through the work of Jesus.


And those people are normal, everyday people like us, blessed because we are given the opportunity to see God through Jesus’ eyes, to believe, and to follow Him.


What a gift, what grace and blessing that we have been chosen, that we see and hear. May we listen for his voice, follow Him, and anticipate his coming again.


FINAL PRAYER: David Adam “Glimpses of Glory”


Almighty God,

keep us strong in the faith.

Direct us in all our doings, and give us your help,

that we may proclaim the glory of your kingdom,

share your peace with those we meet

and continue to rejoice in your saving power;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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