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Daily Prayer - 2012-12-27

Presence

"Be still and know that I am God."
Lord, Your words lead us to the
calmness and greatness of Your Presence.

Freedom

"Leave me here freely all alone
In cell where never sunlight shone
should no one ever speak to me
This golden silence makes me free."
Part of a poem written by a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life?
By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.
If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

John 20:1a, 2-8

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • It may be unfair to say that one person is ‘better’ at believing than another; but today’s Gospel incident gives us a portrait of two followers of Jesus – where the strong point of one of them (Peter) is, you might say action; and the strong point of the other (the apostle John, today’s saint) is believing. Perhaps that’s why John – seemingly more attuned to the inner sense of things, is called ‘the one whom Jesus loved’.
  • Peter is always generously pushing himself to the front of things, while John is willing to hold back and ponder. And their contrasting ‘styles’ are very obvious when they reach the tomb left empty by the risen Jesus. Peter bustles in and busies himself; John takes time to reflect, and then to be over-awed.
  • In the words of one Gospel petitioner, we ask “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief”. And the praying itself will always set the stage for believing.

Conversation

How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn and share my feelings with him.

Conclusion

I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.

Amen

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