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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-15

Presence

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

Freedom

Lord, grant me the grace to be free from the excesses of this life.
Let me not get caught up with the desire for wealth.
Keep my heart and mind free to love and serve you.

Consciousness

At this moment Lord I turn my thoughts to you.
I will leave aside my chores and preoccupations.
I will take rest and refreshment in your presence Lord.

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

I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in me? Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story I have heard recently - will slowly rise to the surface in my consciousness. If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to 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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