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Daily Prayer - 2013-03-23


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.


A thick and shapeless tree-trunk
would never believe that it could become a statue,
admired as a miracle of sculpture,
and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor,
who sees by his genius what he can make of it. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to let myself be shaped by my loving Creator.



I exist in a web of relationships - links to nature, people, God.
I trace out these links, giving thanks for the life that flows through them.
Some links are twisted or broken: I may feel regret, anger, disappointment.
I pray for the gift of acceptance and forgiveness.

The Word of God

John 11:45-56

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what he had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, ‘What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation.’ But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all! You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.’ He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to put him to death.

Jesus therefore no longer walked about openly among the Jews, but went from there to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness; and he remained there with the disciples.

Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, ‘What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • The people reacted to Jesus and his teaching differently, as they do nowadays. Some believed in him after he raised Lazarus from the dead. Others were unsure, so they went to their religious leaders, to find out what they were thinking about him. This was a way of escaping from answering personally who Jesus was for them.
  • It was recognised by all that Christ was a wonder-worker. The authorities became afraid that if they did not curtail him, all would believe in him. One of them, Caiphas, felt it was better that one man die, to save the Jewish people. His view was a political one, not a religious one. There was truth in what he said, but not in the way he was thinking.
  • Jesus kept out of danger for a time in Ephraim. But even though many thought that he would not go up to Jerusalem for the feast, he was always ready to do the right thing.


Lord, you have engraved my name
on the palm of your hand.
Even if others forget me,
you never will.


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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