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Daily Prayer - 2012-12-27

Presence

I pause for a moment, aware that God is here.
I think of how everything around me,
the air I breathe, my whole body,
is tingling with the the presence of God.

Freedom

Guide me always to do your holy will
knowing that your strength will
carry me through.

Consciousness

In God's loving presence I unwind the past day,
starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me,
seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

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

Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

Conclusion

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

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