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Daily Prayer - 2013-12-14

Presence

I pause for a moment and think of the love
and the grace that God showers on me:
I am created in the image and likeness of God;
I am God's dwelling-place.

Freedom

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Consciousness

In God's loving presence I unwind the past day,
starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me,
seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.

The Word of God

Matthew 17:9a, 10-13

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’ And the disciples asked him, ‘Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ He replied, ‘Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.’ Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The Jewish faith looked forward to the ‘last days’ or End Time when the Lord would come in glory and finally wrap up the affairs of this world. And a conviction had arisen that the approach of the End Time would be signalled by a forerunner - the figure of the larger than life prophet Elijah would make a renewed appearance.
  • Since shortly before this scene Jesus’ disciples had a vision of Jesus transfigure in glory and flanked by Moses and Elijah, obviously the latter was still on their minds. So they ask Jesus for confirmation regarding the role of Elijah as forerunner of the End Time.
  • Jesus’ reply was unexpected in more ways than one - the real forerunner is John the Baptist - he has been badly treated - and this will also be the fate of Jesus himself.
  • The coming of Jesus was meant to bring about the kingdom of God on earth with the offer of salvation for all; but the people struck out against the bearer of the message.
  • By our prayer this Christmas, we ourselves can ensure that the newly born Jesus is welcome in our lives - even if his message turns some of our values on their head.

Conversation

How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn and share my feelings with him.

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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