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Daily Prayer - 2013-10-02

Presence

Dear Jesus, today I call on you in a special way.
Mostly I come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in Your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.

Freedom

Guide me always to do your holy will
knowing that your strength will
carry me through.

Consciousness

As I talk to you, O God,
help me to grow in appreciation of the gifts of communication.
Grant that I will speak out for those who have no voice
and always have a kind word for those in need.

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 has been costly, in terms of my family and other close relationships?

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for you.

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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