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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-10

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

A thick and shapeless tree-trunk
would never believe that it could become a statue,
admired as a miracle of sculpture,
and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor,
who sees by his genius what he can make of it. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to let myself be shaped by my loving Creator.

 

Consciousness

How am I really feeling? Lighthearted? Heavy-hearted?
I may be very much at peace, happy to be here.
Equally, I may be frustrated, worried or angry.
I acknowledge how I really am. It is the real me that the Lord loves.

The Word of God

Mark 8:1-10

In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way - and some of them have come from a great distance." His disciples replied, "How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?" He asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven." Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Now there were about four thousand people.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Throughout the Bible story of the people that God had taken as his own, there ran a note of great expectation: one day, the final coming in power of God’s kingdom would be brought about by the longed-for Messiah or Saviour. And then there would be celebration and feasting for the whole people. It is possible to see the scene of Jesus miraculously feeding the multitude, as the fulfilment of this expectation – if not as the Messianic banquet itself, then at least as a forerunner of it.
  • In Luke’s version of the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus first gives thanks, then looks up to heaven, and finally blesses the food before distributing it. (Luke 9:16). This makes clear that it is the heavenly Father of his people who is the host of the whole event.
  • At an ordinary human level, we are given a glimpse of Jesus’ tender concern for the crowd. They have left their homes – followed him into the desert – and remained with him for days: he is full of compassion, being very conscious of their tiredness and pangs of hunger.

Conversation

Words don't come easily to me, Lord.
Look into my heart
and see my longing for peace.
Watch over me, Lord.
I know that you are always by my side.

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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