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Daily Prayer - 2013-01-24

Presence

I bring myself into your presence, O God.
May I always take time to notice and enjoy
the beauty you have created
for my pleasure.

Freedom

Thank you for the gift of freedom, Lord.
Grant that I may always choose to follow You.
Keep me ever mindful of your ways.
Of your love and concern for all people.

Consciousness

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.
Grant that I may be still more often.
That I may always desire to spend time in your presence.
To know Your peace, Your love.

The Word of God

Mark 3:7-12

Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, "You are the Son of God!" But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • This reading is a summary of the many activities that constitute the ministry of Jesus. Preaching, healing, and exorcism are highlighted. The setting is the Lake of Galilee, a familiar scene in the gospel narrative. For many contemporary pilgrims to the Holy Land this is their favourite place. This is where they feel closest to Jesus.
  • By naming some of the locations from which “great numbers” travelled to meet Jesus, Mark emphasises how his reputation has grown. The named places represent the north, south, east, and west. They are centres with large Jewish populations, even though Tyre and Sidon are in Gentile territory. But these “great numbers” are a drop in the ocean compared to the number of Christians today. We can legitimately speak of a World Church.

Conversation

Jesus often asked questions of those who came to him.
Let me sense him close to me now,
Listening to my prayer and asking
‘How can I help you?’
‘What can I give you?’

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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