God is with me, but more, God is within me.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence in my body, in my mind, in my heart - as I am here, right now.
Lord, you granted me the great gift of freedom. In these times, O Lord, grant that I may be free from any form of racism or intolerance. Remind me, Lord, that we are all equal in your loving eyes.
Jesus, you are always there waiting for me. Grant that I may be still more often, that I may always desire to spend time in your presence, to know your peace and your love.
The Word of God Matthew 9:32-38
After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, 'Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.' But the Pharisees said, 'By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.' Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.'
Some thoughts on today's scripture
May your Holy Spirit guide me in all my dealings with others. May I be blessed with the gift of courage when times are difficult. May I use the gift of speech with kindness and may I always trust You to guide me in my conversations with others.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Pope's Prayer Intention for 2020
Pope Francis has a monthly prayer intention for each month, each with a short video.
This month's intention is:
The Way of the Heart We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.
Please click on the link to view the monthly prayer intention: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/the-popes-monthly-intention.cfm