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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-06


As I begin this prayer, God is here.
Around me, in my sensations, in my thoughts and deep within me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of God's life-giving presence.


Guide me always to do your holy will
knowing that your strength will
carry me through.


Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

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

  • 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 requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for 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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