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Daily Prayer - 2013-01-15


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


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.


In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

Mark 1:21-28

When the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching - with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • St Mark depicts Jesus as engaged in a war against the cosmic forces of evil. Jesus overcomes the world’s enemy, though in ways different to what we would expect, as shown in the Passion. Do we believe he can do this, when we pray ‘Deliver us from evil’?
  • Here his enemy, the ‘unclean spirit’ clearly recognises him as the Holy One who overcomes what is contrary to God. He is a liberator, and he is hard at work. As disciples, we can shelter behind him, and not become disheartened when evil seems to be triumphant. We can then face with courage local situations which are dehumanising, and bring good news to those who are being down-trodden.


I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in me? Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story I have heard recently - will slowly rise to the surface in my consciousness. If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to me?


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.


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