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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-16

Presence

God is with me, but more, God is within me.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, in my mind, in my heart,
as I am here, right now.

Freedom

I ask for the grace to believe
in what I could be and do
if I only allowed God, my loving Creator,
to continue to create me, guide me and shape me.

Consciousness

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life?
By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.
If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

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

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

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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