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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-11


The world is charged with the grandeur of God. (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
I dwell for a moment on the Presence of God around me,
in every part of my body,
and deep within my being.


I ask for the grace to believe
in what I could be and do
if I only allowed God, my loving Creator,
to continue to create me, guide me and shape me.


In the presence of my loving Creator, I look honestly at my feelings over the last day, the highs, the lows and the level ground. Can I see where the Lord has been present?

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.


Sometimes I wonder what I might say if I were to meet you in person Lord.
I think I might say "Thank You Lord" for always being there for me.
I know with certainty there were times when you carried me, Lord.
When it was through your strength I got through the dark times in my life.


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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