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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-16

Presence

My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to You,
I find peace and contentment.

Freedom

Lord God I thank you for the gift of freedom.
Help me to use this gift with integrity.
I am free to make choices.
Help me to choose to follow you,
to live in a Christian way by caring for others.
Remind me to consider always those less fortunate than myself,
the oppressed, the prisoner, those who are not free to worship in public.
Guide me always to seek your holy will in all the events of my life.

Consciousness

I am surrounded by your loving presence, Lord,
But I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
Thank you that I can face my shortcomings
In your merciful embrace.

The Word of God

Matthew 9:14-15

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In so many Gospel interactions with Jesus, people are offered two distinct ‘messages’: we need to be equally open to both. Here, Jesus does warn that self-control and suffering (fasting) are indeed going to be part of the call for everybody.
  • But today again a reflex-response could stop us giving full value to the second ‘message’ here – namely: Jesus announces the close relationship which he has entered into with the human race, by becoming one of us – a marriage of heaven to earth: the adoption of us all into the heavenly kingdom.
  • The unsuspecting inquirers in the scene have not envisaged this larger horizon. But the ground has shifted under their feet: the newly-arrived kingdom-on-earth means – even though the two realities involved will come into conflict – that things can never be the same again.

Conversation

To communicate we don’t always need to talk.
Can I imagine myself sitting quietly with Jesus?
I looking silently at him and He at me.
How do I feel?

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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