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Daily Prayer - 2013-10-02

Presence

Lord, help me to be fully alive to your holy presence.
Enfold me in your love.
Let my heart become one with yours.

Freedom

Lord, too often I think I am the one in control of my life.
Help me to see that I am powerless over so much.
I ask for the grace to be able to hand over my life to you
And experience the joy of that freedom.

Consciousness

We are all pilgrims on a journey to you, Lord.
May we contemplate your time on earth,
and, with Your help, follow in your footsteps.

The Word of God

Luke 9:57-62

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Today's gospel reading sees Jesus 'sifting' some of the applicants who wish to follow him, much as an employer evaluates candidates for a job or position. Does the candidate 'have what it takes'? Jesus here puts his finger on a number of attitudes which might be a reason for rejection!
  • For Jesus, the task is urgent and all-embracing. The bar has been set very high. The urgency of preaching the Kingdom requires an immediate response from the candidate, who has no time to bury relatives, or even to say goodbye properly. For a Jewish culture which took burial of the dead seriously, and which held the family in high respect, these are strong words from Jesus.
  • What about my own call to be a disciple? Does my own story reflect anything of Jesus' dramatic style? Perhaps my call to follow Jesus been costly, in terms of my family and other close relationships?

Conversation

The gift of speech is a wonderful gift.
May I use this gift with kindness.
May I be slow to utter harsh words,
hurtful words, and words spoken in anger.

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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