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Daily Prayer - 2012-12-27

Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of Your presence

Freedom

God is not foreign to my freedom.

Instead the Spirit breathes life into my most intimate desires,

gently nudging me towards all that is good.

I ask for the grace to let myself be enfolded by the Spirit.

Consciousness

How am I really feeling? Lighthearted? Heavy-hearted? I may be very much at peace, happy to be here. Equally, I may be frustrated, worried or angry. I acknowledge how I really am.
It is the real me that the Lord loves.

The Word of God

John 20:2-8

So Mary Magdalene 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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  • The first hints of the resurrection of Jesus are graphically set out here. The participants are confused; they run; they look into the tomb. They see the linen body wrappings; they see the cloth which had been on Jesus’ head now carefully rolled up. No grave robbers would take such care! They see, and believe. It is all so delicate!
  • Risen Lord, help me to see beyond the obvious and understand your ways. You show me you are alive and active in my moments of glad discovery, in touches of gladness, in enriching encounters, in the kindnesses of others. Always you come delicately. ‘I greet you the days I meet you, and bless when I understand’ (G. M. Hopkins).

Conversation

What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word? I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to him.

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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