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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-09

Presence

I pause for a moment and think of the love
and the grace that God showers on me:
I am created in the image and likeness of God;
I am God's dwelling-place.

Freedom

Many countries are at this moment suffering the agonies of war.
I bow my head in thanksgiving for my freedom.
I pray for all prisoners and captives.

Consciousness

How do I find myself today?
Where am I with God? With others?
Do I have something to be grateful for? Then I give thanks.
Is there something I am sorry for? Then I ask forgiveness.

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 proceed 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

Lord, I know that when I turn to you there is no need for words.
You can see into my heart.
You know my desires and you know my needs.
I place myself into your hands.

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.

Amen

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