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Daily Prayer - 2017-08-14

Presence

I slow myself down for a moment, and try to realise that God is present.
To me. Here and now. He is in present in what I do,
in the people that I meet, and the situations I find myself in daily.
How can I make this reality real for myself?

Freedom

Lord I ask for the grace to know
That doing your will is a joy
Because your will is my deepest desire
And you are always willing what is best for me.

Consciousness

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to you,
I find peace and contentment.

The Word of God

Matthew 17:22-27

As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, 'The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.' And they were greatly distressed. When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, 'Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?' He said, 'Yes, he does.' And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, 'What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?' When Peter said, 'From others', Jesus said to him, 'Then the children are free. However, so that we do not give offence to them, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The matter of Christ’s suffering comes up frequently in the Gospel - this is the second ‘prophecy’ of the passion. The fact the disciples became very sad suggests that they understood what he was saying but it did not sink into their minds as the passion narrative shows.
  • Suffering disorients us. We cannot understand it fully. Jesus brings meaning from it at a profound level which we cannot grasp, except in faith. Pray for a greater appreciation of the sufferings of Christ.
  • Jesus paid his dues. He respected those in authority, civil or religious, even when he did not agree with them.
  • Elsewhere in the Gospel of Mark he exclaims ‘Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ (Mark 12:17).

Conversation

What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word?
I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to 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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