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Daily Prayer - 2013-12-15

Presence

Dear Lord help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my thoughts with your peace, your love.

Freedom

"In these days, God taught me
as a schoolteacher teaches a pupil" (Saint Ignatius).
I remind myself that there are things God has to teach me yet,
and ask for the grace to hear them and let them change me.

Consciousness

To be conscious about something is to be aware of it. Dear Lord help me to remember that You gave me life. Thank you for the gift of life. Teach me to slow down, to be still and enjoy the pleasures created for me. To be aware of the beauty that surrounds me. The marvel of mountains, the calmness of lakes, the fragility of a flower petal. I need to remember that all these things come from you.

The Word of God

Matthew 11:2-11

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Two strands run right through the Scriptures whenever people wonder what approach will be taken when the Awaited Of The Lord finally arrives to rule the world. In one strand the dominant idea is that the Messiah will focus on chastisement and correction - where corruption has grown, he will lay an axe to the root of the tree; or he will come armed with a winnowing-fan to separate-out the noxious elements from the good. Although not imposing a regime of penance as such, John the Baptist insisted on high moral standards; and so he might seem to veer towards the stricter view.
  • John is unsure, apparently, about the approach taken by Jesus – so he is making inquiries. And the answer of Jesus recalls that other strand where the dominant idea is building up people wherever they are in need of healing. All the miracles listed here are in line with the prophetic vision of Isaiah – where strength and salvation is brought to the people. Having celebrated a Year Of Mercy, we will have often recalled this particular vision.

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

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

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