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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

If God were trying to tell me something, would I know?
If God were reassuring me or challenging me, would I notice?
I ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations
and open to what God may be saying to me.

Consciousness

How wonderful it is to be able
to enter into your presence Lord.
No matter what time it is.
No matter which land I am in.
I need only to speak your name.

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

Friends don’t keep secrets from one another.
As I pray, can I look at Jesus as my friend
And share my innermost thoughts with him
Trusting that He understands?

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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