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Midday Prayer: Gratitude

Posted on November 18th, 2013

DAvid FlemSilence, Stillness, and Centering before God (2 minutes)

Scripture Reading – Luke 7:36-50

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” … “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”


Sin is not the breaking of a law or commandment as much as it is a lack of gratitude…If our heart could truly grasp what God is doing for us, how could we sin? We would be too grateful to sin.                                      David Fleming, What is Ignatian Spirituality

Question to Consider

What are the things  for which you are profoundly grateful to Jesus today? Make a list. Be as specific as time allows. Then place yourself in the place of the woman in Luke 7 and spend some time at the feet of Jesus.


Lord, forgive me for failing to notice or appreciate Your many, many gifts and kindness’ that surround me. Free me from the coldness and petty attitude found in Simon in our passage today. And transform me, as only You can do into a person who overflows with gratitude today. In Jesus name, Amen.

Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)


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