Prayer for the day.

Brother Ed Arambasich, OFM, fire chaplain


Father, we make mistakes quite often.  We tend to abuse the things that were meant to bring us comfort and make our lives easier.  Today I pray for those who are addicted to electronics: phones, computers, tablets…we depend on all these things in our daily lives.  Often, though, we hide behind these tools and forget to enjoy the world You have created for us.  Lord, help us to “unplug” so we can live our lives more fully.  Amen. 

Matthew 17:22-27

As Jesus and his disciples were gathering in Galilee,
Jesus said to them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men,
and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.”
And they were overwhelmed with grief.

When they came to Capernaum,
the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said,
“Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?”
“Yes,” he said.
When he came into the house before he had time to speak,
Jesus asked him, “What is your opinion, Simon?
From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax?
From their subjects or from foreigners?”
When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him,
“Then the subjects are exempt.
But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook,
and take the first fish that comes up.
Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax.
Give that to them for me and for you.”

Refection question: How do I help others who grieve the loss of a friend?
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