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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-18

Presence

I remind myself that, as I sit here now,
God is gazing on me with love and holding me in being.
I pause for a moment and think of this.

Freedom

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Consciousness

Lord you have called me ‘the light of the world’.
Let me be always conscious of those you want me to serve,
The hungry and the homeless,
The sick and the destitute,
The stranger and the refugee.

The Word of God

Mark 1:12-15

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news".

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The early verses of Mark’s gospel herald the beginning of a totally new epoch of salvation (with the figure of John the Baptist poised before its threshold). Jesus is introduced onto the stage of history as the leader of God’s New People (Moses having been his forerunner).
  • But first (echoing the case of Moses) there comes a secluded communing while, in the wilderness, Jesus is taken into the care of heaven’s God. There, ‘tempted by Satan’, he comes through a testing totally unscathed.
  • Jesus is now ready to go into battle with the forces of darkness: urging the people to repent and to turn aside from all the darkness of the Evil One – as manifested in sin, in sickness, in demonic possession.

Conversation

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.
Sometimes I get bogged down
with the concerns of this life.
Grant that I may be still more often.
To know Your peace, Your calm.

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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