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Daily Prayer - 2013-04-23

Presence

God is with me, but more,
God is within me, giving me existence.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, my mind, my heart
and in the whole of my life.

Freedom

Lord, guide me always
to do your holy will
knowing that your strength
will carry me through.

Consciousness

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to you,
I find peace and contentment.

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

God’s Word is always fruitful.
How is it touching me now
As I reflect on what I have just prayed?
Do I feel comforted?
Do I feel challenged?

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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