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Daily Prayer - 2017-02-18

Presence

"Come to me all you who are burdened
and I will give you rest"
Here I am, Lord.
I come to seek Your presence.
I long for your healing power.

Freedom

Lord, guide me always
to do your holy will
knowing that your strength
will carry me through.

Consciousness

Life is busy Lord
Often my best intentions are left undone.
But I know that you are with me in all I say and do,
And in everyone I meet with daily.

The Word of God

Mark 9:2-13

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!" Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • I go up the mountain with Jesus and the three chosen apostles. We are dazzled as Jesus is transfigured before our eyes. I hear Elijah (the prophet/forerunner) and Moses (the lawgiver) talking to Jesus, confirming his decision to go to Jerusalem, where he will be crucified and be raised from the dead. Ultimately, it is in his resurrection from the dead that he is proclaimed Son of God in all his power.
  • Asked about Elijah on the way down, Jesus implies that his role as Precursor or forerunner, had been played, although unrecognised, by John the Baptist.

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side 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

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