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Daily Prayer - 2014-05-12

Presence

God is with me, but more,
God is within me, giving me existence.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, my mind, my heart
and in the whole of my life.

Freedom

I ask for the grace
to let go of my own concerns
and be open to what God is asking of me,
to let myself be guided and formed by my loving Creator.

Consciousness

I ask how I am within myself today?
Am I particularly tired, stressed, or off-form?
If any of these characteristics apply,
can I try to let go of the concerns that disturb me?

The Word of God

John 10:11-18

‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus' death was not just a consequence of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, an unlucky outcome of his confrontation with the Pharisees. Rather it was a result of Jesus freely choosing to be a light in the world, an exponent of the truth, an embodiment of God's unconditional love and mercy.
  • This light that was Jesus was unbearable to the Pharisees who built up over centuries the 620 laws based on the 10 commandments, and all you had to do was keep them to be saved. This degenerated into no God being required to be saved. For Jesus the keeping of the law was a consequence of being loved by God rather than the cause of being loved by God.
  • Do you experience God's love as pure gift or do you believe that you have to earn it?

Conversation

Jesus, you always welcomed little children when you walked on this earth.
Teach me to have a childlike trust in you.
To live in the knowledge that you will never abandon me.

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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