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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-09

Presence

Dear Jesus, I come to you today
longing for your presence.
I desire to love you as You love me.
May nothing ever separate me from You.

Freedom

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Consciousness

I remind myself that I am in the presence of the Lord.
I will take refuge in His loving heart.
He is my strength in times of weakness.
He is my comforter in times of sorrow.

The Word of God

Mark 6:30-34

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • These Gospel verses precede the next scene which portrays Jesus faced with the problem of finding food for the “great crowd” who had followed him out to this deserted place. But there are hungers of the heart - spiritual hunger, as well as hunger of the body, and Jesus first wants to deal with that so he set out “to teach them many things”. Even the apostles stood in need of spiritual refreshment for they were being run off their feet by all the people they had encountered while preaching the Good News.
  • Jesus understands that many of his hearers are in need of guidance about their spiritual search and the direction of their lives. His heart goes out to them in their predicament and he is moved with compassion – so he spares no effort in pointing out a pathway that will lead them to God’s peace and to the new life that he has come to share with them.

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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