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    • A curtain is drawn back here to show the unique personal relationship between Jesus and his Father. The distinctive and intimate name ‘Abba, Father’ appears five times here. This is the common domestic name in Aramaic (Jesus’ native language) by which a child would call his/her natural father. For presuming this unique and intimate relationship, the scribes and Pharisees condemned Jesus to death on a cross.
    • The Son has privileged access to the Father. It is not an exclusive or closed relationship, however, because Jesus invites others to participate in it. We in Sacred Space are among those ‘to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’. Lord Jesus, help each of us to experience that we, too, are truly beloved sons and daughters of our heavenly Father.
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    • Here we get a privileged insight into Jesus’ prayer. He speaks directly to his Father, and his prayer is full of gratitude. I take a few moments to listen to him praying. Then I ask him to enliven my prayer. Do I speak to God as a loving Father? Is gratitude and wonder part of my prayer?
    • Do I come to prayer humbly, like a child? A child in Jesus’ day was thought of as helpless, insignificant, a nobody. But children know their own needs, and ask directly and trustingly for what they want. God seems to like this form of prayer!
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    • Degrees, qualifications and certificates can get in the way if I think they make me more able to discern and follow God’s ways. God is revealed only to those who take time to listen.
    • I offer this time to give honour to God. I try not to push my priorities or to force my issues, but allow God to be revealed in the quiet and simple ways that Jesus recognised.
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    • Bishop Claverie, killed by Muslims in Algeria, used to say: /We don't possess the truth, we need the truth of the other./ What marks out Jesus' disciples, who were a pretty motley crew, is that they were open to hearing about the kingdom, open to the truth in the other. Wherever I may be in the process of knowing the Son, can I be like a child and open my heart?
    • One of Jesus’ principal missions was to make God his Father known. People then as now suffered from having images that portrayed of God as harsh or punitive. Jesus emphasises here that he knows the Father intimately and that he wants his followers also to know God in this way. He asks to pray to the Father as to an intimate parent. Some of our prayer could be simply saying, ‘Lord, show us the Father’. Believe it, this will happen!
    • Every time of prayer is a response to this invitation of Jesus to 'come to me'. In prayer we rest in love and friendship; a sort of healing and strengthening rest. The soul needs the refreshment of solitude and prayer. In prayer we meet the Word of God who speaks God's words. Without Jesus at the centre of prayer it can be just a religious act or duty. Love and healing give strength and energy to prayer.
    • We have just had Jesus' hard words to the cities which rejected him. Now he turns to the ones who do accept him. They are the people of openness, sincerity and humility, the ‘little ones' of the Father. No matter what our learning, we are all children of the Father and students of Jesus always. Prayer can bring the truths of faith and life from the head to the heart; prayer opens the heart not only to God, but to all we meet.
    • Some things are important to me though I find it difficult to put them in words; I am not even sure how I learnt them. I give thanks to God for all that is revealed in simple and quiet ways.
    • I may not convince people through the strength of my logic or through my eloquence. I pray that I may rely, not on my wisdom or intelligence, but on God who I am growing to recognise and trust.
    • Degrees, qualifications and certificates can get in the way if I think they make me more able to discern and follow God's ways. God is revealed only to those who take time to listen.
    • I offer this time to give honour to God. I try not to push my priorities or to force my issues, but allow God to be revealed in the quiet and simple ways that Jesus recognised.
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    • Bishop Claverie, killed by Muslims in Algeria, used to say: /We don't possess the truth, we need the truth of the other./ What marks out Jesus' disciples, who were a pretty motley crew, is that they were open to hearing about the kingdom, open to the truth in the other. Wherever I may be in the process of knowing the Son, can I be like a child and open my heart?
    • One of Jesus’ principal missions was to make God his Father known. People then as now suffered from having images that portrayed of God as harsh or punitive. Jesus emphasises here that he knows the Father intimately and that he wants his followers also to know God in this way. He asks to pray to the Father as to an intimate parent. Some of our prayer could be simply saying, ‘Lord, show us the Father’. Believe it, this will happen!
    • Every time of prayer is a response to this invitation of Jesus to 'come to me'. In prayer we rest in love and friendship; a sort of healing and strengthening rest. The soul needs the refreshment of solitude and prayer. In prayer we meet the Word of God who speaks God's words. Without Jesus at the centre of prayer it can be just a religious act or duty. Love and healing give strength and energy to prayer.
    • We have just had Jesus' hard words to the cities which rejected him. Now he turns to the ones who do accept him. They are the people of openness, sincerity and humility, the ‘little ones' of the Father. No matter what our learning, we are all children of the Father and students of Jesus always. Prayer can bring the truths of faith and life from the head to the heart; prayer opens the heart not only to God, but to all we meet.
    • Some things are important to me though I find it difficult to put them in words; I am not even sure how I learnt them. I give thanks to God for all that is revealed in simple and quiet ways.
    • I may not convince people through the strength of my logic or through my eloquence. I pray that I may rely, not on my wisdom or intelligence, but on God who I am growing to recognise and trust.
    • Degrees, qualifications and certificates can get in the way if I think they make me more able to discern and follow God's ways. God is revealed only to those who take time to listen.
    • I offer this time to give honour to God. I try not to push my priorities or to force my issues, but allow God to be revealed in the quiet and simple ways that Jesus recognised.
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    • Bishop Claverie, killed by Muslims in Algeria, used to say: /We don't possess the truth, we need the truth of the other./ What marks out Jesus' disciples, who were a pretty motley crew, is that they were open to hearing about the kingdom, open to the truth in the other. Wherever I may be in the process of knowing the Son, can I be like a child and open my heart?
    • One of Jesus’ principal missions was to make God his Father known. People then as now suffered from having images that portrayed of God as harsh or punitive. Jesus emphasises here that he knows the Father intimately and that he wants his followers also to know God in this way. He asks to pray to the Father as to an intimate parent. Some of our prayer could be simply saying, ‘Lord, show us the Father’. Believe it, this will happen!
    • Every time of prayer is a response to this invitation of Jesus to 'come to me'. In prayer we rest in love and friendship; a sort of healing and strengthening rest. The soul needs the refreshment of solitude and prayer. In prayer we meet the Word of God who speaks God's words. Without Jesus at the centre of prayer it can be just a religious act or duty. Love and healing give strength and energy to prayer.
    • We have just had Jesus' hard words to the cities which rejected him. Now he turns to the ones who do accept him. They are the people of openness, sincerity and humility, the ‘little ones' of the Father. No matter what our learning, we are all children of the Father and students of Jesus always. Prayer can bring the truths of faith and life from the head to the heart; prayer opens the heart not only to God, but to all we meet.
    • Some things are important to me though I find it difficult to put them in words; I am not even sure how I learnt them. I give thanks to God for all that is revealed in simple and quiet ways.
    • I may not convince people through the strength of my logic or through my eloquence. I pray that I may rely, not on my wisdom or intelligence, but on God who I am growing to recognise and trust.
    • Degrees, qualifications and certificates can get in the way if I think they make me more able to discern and follow God's ways. God is revealed only to those who take time to listen.
    • I offer this time to give honour to God. I try not to push my priorities or to force my issues, but allow God to be revealed in the quiet and simple ways that Jesus recognised.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Bishop Claverie, killed by Muslims in Algeria, used to say: /We don't possess the truth, we need the truth of the other./ What marks out Jesus' disciples, who were a pretty motley crew, is that they were open to hearing about the kingdom, open to the truth in the other. Wherever I may be in the process of knowing the Son, can I be like a child and open my heart?
    • One of Jesus’ principal missions was to make God his Father known. People then as now suffered from having images that portrayed of God as harsh or punitive. Jesus emphasises here that he knows the Father intimately and that he wants his followers also to know God in this way. He asks to pray to the Father as to an intimate parent. Some of our prayer could be simply saying, ‘Lord, show us the Father’. Believe it, this will happen!
    • Every time of prayer is a response to this invitation of Jesus to 'come to me'. In prayer we rest in love and friendship; a sort of healing and strengthening rest. The soul needs the refreshment of solitude and prayer. In prayer we meet the Word of God who speaks God's words. Without Jesus at the centre of prayer it can be just a religious act or duty. Love and healing give strength and energy to prayer.
    • We have just had Jesus' hard words to the cities which rejected him. Now he turns to the ones who do accept him. They are the people of openness, sincerity and humility, the ‘little ones' of the Father. No matter what our learning, we are all children of the Father and students of Jesus always. Prayer can bring the truths of faith and life from the head to the heart; prayer opens the heart not only to God, but to all we meet.
    • Some things are important to me though I find it difficult to put them in words; I am not even sure how I learnt them. I give thanks to God for all that is revealed in simple and quiet ways.
    • I may not convince people through the strength of my logic or through my eloquence. I pray that I may rely, not on my wisdom or intelligence, but on God who I am growing to recognise and trust.
    • Degrees, qualifications and certificates can get in the way if I think they make me more able to discern and follow God's ways. God is revealed only to those who take time to listen.
    • I offer this time to give honour to God. I try not to push my priorities or to force my issues, but allow God to be revealed in the quiet and simple ways that Jesus recognised.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Bishop Claverie, killed by Muslims in Algeria, used to say: /We don't possess the truth, we need the truth of the other./ What marks out Jesus' disciples, who were a pretty motley crew, is that they were open to hearing about the kingdom, open to the truth in the other. Wherever I may be in the process of knowing the Son, can I be like a child and open my heart?
    • One of Jesus’ principal missions was to make God his Father known. People then as now suffered from having images that portrayed of God as harsh or punitive. Jesus emphasises here that he knows the Father intimately and that he wants his followers also to know God in this way. He asks to pray to the Father as to an intimate parent. Some of our prayer could be simply saying, ‘Lord, show us the Father’. Believe it, this will happen!
    • Every time of prayer is a response to this invitation of Jesus to 'come to me'. In prayer we rest in love and friendship; a sort of healing and strengthening rest. The soul needs the refreshment of solitude and prayer. In prayer we meet the Word of God who speaks God's words. Without Jesus at the centre of prayer it can be just a religious act or duty. Love and healing give strength and energy to prayer.
    • We have just had Jesus' hard words to the cities which rejected him. Now he turns to the ones who do accept him. They are the people of openness, sincerity and humility, the ‘little ones' of the Father. No matter what our learning, we are all children of the Father and students of Jesus always. Prayer can bring the truths of faith and life from the head to the heart; prayer opens the heart not only to God, but to all we meet.
    • Some things are important to me though I find it difficult to put them in words; I am not even sure how I learnt them. I give thanks to God for all that is revealed in simple and quiet ways.
    • I may not convince people through the strength of my logic or through my eloquence. I pray that I may rely, not on my wisdom or intelligence, but on God who I am growing to recognise and trust.
    • Degrees, qualifications and certificates can get in the way if I think they make me more able to discern and follow God's ways. God is revealed only to those who take time to listen.
    • I offer this time to give honour to God. I try not to push my priorities or to force my issues, but allow God to be revealed in the quiet and simple ways that Jesus recognised.