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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-11


Dear Jesus, as I call on you today
I realise that I often come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.


If God were trying to tell me something, would I know?
If God were reassuring me or challenging me, would I notice?
I ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations
and open to what God may be saying to me.


As I spend this time with you, Lord,
I am aware of how blessed I truly am.
I think of the love and laughter in my life,
And I feel grateful.

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

  • 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.


May your Holy Spirit guide me
In all my dealings with others.
May I use the gift of speech with kindness.


I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.


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