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Daily Prayer - 2013-04-23

Presence

Dear Lord help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my thoughts with your peace, your love.

Freedom

I ask for the grace
to let go of my own concerns
and be open to what God is asking of me,
to let myself be guided and formed by my loving Creator.

Consciousness

When I return to my everyday tasks,
remind me, Lord,
that you are always there beside me.
I need never despair.

The Word of God

John 10:22-30

It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In today's gospel Jesus comes across as being very committed to those He has been given to save, very protective and vigilant about keeping them in relationship with Him. He appreciates their being receptive to His voice - they “hear my voice…and they follow me”.
  • Picture a little bird in a nest, opening its beak to be fed by its bounteous mother.
  • Do you imagine yourself - in your relationship with Jesus - that all the work is up to you, or do you imagine Jesus watching over you like mother bird waiting for opportunity to feed you the moment you open your heart (beak)?

Conversation

Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

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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