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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-12

Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of your presence.

Freedom

Lord, like Saint Ignatius, I offer you my memory, understanding,
My entire will.
All I ask for in return is your love and your grace,
That’s enough for me.

Consciousness

Grant, O Lord, that I may be conscious
and grateful for all the good things you have given to me.
May I share my blessings with others always.

The Word of God

Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation." And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • This exchange follows the account of Jesus miraculously feeding four thousand people. In the eyes of the Pharisees, he would perhaps now be poised to take up a role of popular political leadership. Were these Pharisees trying to test his intentions? Some dramatic, spectacular further ‘sign’ might now be seen as giving heaven’s testimony to such a venture. But Jesus was having none of it.
  • In fact, in a moment, he goes on to warn his disciples against the contagion of such worldly political thinking from any faction. The real significance of the feeding-miracle was simply as an aid to the crowds towards recognising in himself the surpassing source of all sustenance – especially sustenance for the Spirit.

Conversation

Conversation requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for 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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