The more we call on the Lord
the more we can feel his Presence.
Day by day he draws us closer
to his loving heart.
Daily Prayer - 2018-02-15
The more we call on the Lord
God is not foreign to my freedom.
Instead the Spirit breathes life into my most intimate desires,
gently nudging me towards all that is good.
I ask for the grace to let myself be enfolded by the Spirit.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the cares of this world.
At times like these may I be aware
of the comfort of your Presence,
Your infinite love for me.
Jesus said to his disciples: "The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." Then he said to them all, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?
Some thoughts on today's scripture
- We know from the Gospels that the disciples of Jesus would have been tempted – influenced by the expectation of their fellow Jews – by a prospect of their Master inaugurating a new political and national power. And, in another Gospel, Peter is roundly denounced by Jesus for attempting to draw him aside from the wholly unexpected path of suffering announced here (making reference to condemned persons often being forced to carry their own execution-beam). So we tend in our own minds to catalogue today’s passage simply as a prophecy of suffering.
- But the passage can also be taken as an equally unexpected prophecy of glory: to ‘be raised’ went far beyond the wildest dreams of earthly glory. The stakes are raised all round - Jesus unveils a project which inducts his followers onto a whole new plane. Any follower who enters into this resurrected kingdom, will have gained a prize more precious than the world and all its kingdoms.
Jesus often asked questions of those who came to him.
Let me sense him close to me now,
Listening to my prayer and asking
‘How can I help you?’
‘What can I give you?’
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.
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