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Daily Prayer - 2013-06-23

Presence

Lord, God, my Creator,
Be close to me now.
My soul yearns for your presence.

Freedom

Thank you for the gift of freedom, Lord.
Grant that I may always choose to follow You.
Keep me ever mindful of your ways.
Of your love and concern for all people.

Consciousness

We all need to take time out from our daily chores.
We know that our bodies need a rest.
When we come into your presence, Lord,
our hearts and minds are refreshed, our spirits lifted.

The Word of God

Luke 9:18-24

Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, 'Who do the crowds say that I am?' They answered, 'John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.' He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Peter answered, 'The Messiah of God.' He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, 'The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.' Then he said to them all, 'If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus asks his disciples who the people think he is. All the answers given are mistaken. Only Peter has the right answer: Jesus is 'the Messiah of God', the promised one, our saviour. Yet Jesus is keen to point to the greatest of paradoxes - that part of his mission as Messiah was to go to Jerusalem and face rejection and ultimately death. We do not want a suffering Messiah, but one who is victorious, who protects us from problems, or at least solves them for us.
  • Following Jesus means denying myself and taking up my daily cross. This cross is one I have not chosen, one that is heavy and uncomfortable. I ask for the grace to be able to carry it with inner strength and in peace, knowing that I am treading the same path as Jesus the Messiah of God.

Conversation

Conversation requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for me.

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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