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Daily Prayer - 2018-01-15

Presence

Let my heart rejoice and be glad
in this time of prayer.
Remind me often of the great
blessings You have bestowed on me.

Freedom

I will ask God's help,
to be free from my own preoccupations,
to be open to God in this time of prayer,
to come to know, love and serve God more.

Consciousness

Conscious of your presence, Lord,
I look over my recent past.
Let me be honest with myself about how I’ve been
And what I’ve done,
Because I know you love truth in the heart
And accept me just as I am.

The Word of God

Mark 2:18-22

Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to Jesus, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Fasting is the next point of contention between Jesus and his opponents. It may not be a major issue in itself but Jesus takes the opportunity to make an astonishing claim: He is the bridegroom! Marital imagery was used in the Old Testament to describe the relationship between Yahweh (bridegroom) and Israel (bride). Here Jesus claims the term (bridegroom) for himself and speaks of his followers as wedding guests. Later Christian thinking will go further and see the Church, the New Israel, as the bride of Christ. Are you comfortable with this kind of imagery? What are its implications?
  • The Good News brought by Jesus is something radically new. Older, established structures (external such as religious rules, or internal such as ways of thinking) are inadequate to contain it. How does this teaching affect our efforts at renewal in the Church today? It is hard to let go of the old and familiar, but that may be what is required.

Conversation

Dear Lord, stay by my side always.
Gain for me a trusting heart.
Thank you for loving 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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