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Daily Prayer - 2013-12-14


"I stand at the door and knock," says the Lord.
What a wonderful privilege
that the Lord of all creation desires to come to me.
I welcome His presence.


A thick and shapeless tree-trunk
would never believe that it could become a statue,
admired as a miracle of sculpture,
and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor,
who sees by his genius what he can make of it (Saint Ignatius).
I ask for the grace to let myself be shaped by my loving Creator.



In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

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

  • 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.


Begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture you have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in you?
Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story you have heard recently -
will slowly rise to the surface of your consciousness.
If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to you?


I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.


If you appreciated the daily prayer or have any suggestions or insights we will be glad to hear from you.