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Daily Prayer - 2013-01-25

Presence

Lord, help me to be fully alive to your Holy presence.
Enfold me in your love.
Let my heart become one with yours.

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
Mostly I take this gift for granted.
Inspire me to live in the freedom you intended,
with a heart untroubled and with complete trust in you.

Consciousness

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to you,
I find peace and contentment.

The Word of God

Mark 16:15-18

And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • These words are presented as the last instruction of Jesus to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They now have the responsibility of proclaiming the good news as he had done. And they must do so with courage. Note the universality of the mission: “to all the world”, “to the whole of creation”. Pope Francis talks of the Church needing to go to the frontiers – to those people who have not yet heard the good news (whether geographically far or near).
  • Do you see how appropriate this reading is on a feast of Saint Paul? His conversion (which is the focus of this particular feast) prepared him to become an apostle to the Gentiles (the pagans). His long journeys led him to cover much of the territory that comprised the Roman Empire. He preached and healed, founded and supported local communities. His life teaches us that mission (outreach) is not an option. The Church is missionary of its very nature.

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side 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.

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