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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-06

Presence

God is with me, but more, God is within me.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, in my mind, in my heart,
as I am here, right now.

Freedom

"I am free."
When I look at these words in writing,
they seem to create in me a feeling of awe.
Yes, a wonderful feeling of freedom.
Thank you, God.

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 6:1-6

Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honour, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • What kind of reception does Jesus expect when he returns to his hometown? Instead of mixing with strangers or newly-found disciples, he will now be surrounded by people who have known him all his life, who saw him grow from childhood to adulthood, who regard him as one of their own. Does he expect to be feted as a success-story, who has brought honour to his place of origin? Or does he foresee that he will be disowned, treated as an upstart who has risen above his station?
  • The citizens of Nazareth recognise the wisdom of Jesus’ teaching, and accept that he has performed “deeds of power” – yet they reject him! Why? Have you ever seen this dynamic of negativity and cynicism operating in other communities? In church life? In politics? Have you ever been sucked into it yourself?

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for 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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