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Daily Prayer - 2018-02-18

Presence

Dear Lord, help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my mind with your peace, Your Love.

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

Lord, you are present in all things
And when I take time to simply sit and be with you
My mind rests
And I feel your peace.

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".

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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

Dear Lord, stay by my side always.
Gain for me a trusting heart.
Thank you for loving 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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