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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-15

Presence

"Be still and know that I am God".
Lord, may your spirit guide me to seek
Your Loving presence more and more.
For it is there I find rest and refreshment from this busy world.

Freedom

"In these days, God taught me
as a schoolteacher teaches a pupil" (Saint Ignatius).
I remind myself that there are things God has to teach me yet,
and ask for the grace to hear them and let them change me.

Consciousness

Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence.
Teach me to recognise your presence in others.
Fill my heart with gratitude for the times Your love has been shown to me through the care of others.

The Word of God

Luke 9:22-25

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

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  • 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.

Conversation

Do I notice myself reacting as I pray with the Word of God?
Do I feel challenged, comforted, angry?
Imagining Jesus sitting or standing by me,
I speak out my feelings, as one trusted friend to another.

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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