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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-11

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

Lord grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in your love.

Consciousness

In God's loving presence I unwind the past day,
starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me,
seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

The Word of God

Mark 6:53-56

When Jesus and the disciples had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • By this stage a high-point of popularity for Jesus has been reached. The Gospel writer has just recounted his miraculous feeding of five thousand people after they had listened to his preaching.
  • Indeed, right from the beginning of his ministry there had been reports of people crowding round Jesus for a cure. "The whole city" of Capernaum, we are told, "gathered together about the door" – having witnessed his healings. (Mark 1:33)
  • Perhaps people’s urge to "touch even the fringe of his cloak" might have been set off by the story of the woman who had been healed by Jesus in the previous chapter. Having suffered haemorrhages for twelve years, she ‘came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak’ – and was immediately healed. (Mark 5:25-34).
  • In biblical terms, the benevolence of the Lord, the Great Healer is here in full view: abundant, pressed-down, flowing over.

Conversation

Begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture you have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in you?
Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story you have heard recently -
will slowly rise to the surface of your consciousness.
If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to 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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