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Daily Prayer - 2019-01-14

Presence

Lord, help me to be fully alive to your holy presence.
Enfold me in your love.
Let my heart become one with yours.

Freedom

What most often stops me achieving freedom is my tendency
to be caught up in fears and expectations
about what I 'ought' or 'should' be.
My usual automatic responses tie me down
and inhibit me from exploring new areas of growth.
I ask and pray for a greater sense of inner freedom and
that I might reach the fresh and challenging possibilities
that God wishes me to realise.

 

Consciousness

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the cares of this world.
At times like these may I be aware
of the comfort of your Presence,
Your infinite love for me.

The Word of God

Marcus 1,14-20

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." As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The beginning of the ministry of Jesus coincides with the arrest of John the Baptist. The need for a herald is passed. “The time is fulfilled”. The focus is now fully on Jesus as he announces and inaugurates the kingdom. Notice the urgency in his exhortation to “repent and believe”. Do you need to hear these words today? Are they “good news” for you?
  • This sense of urgency continues as Mark describes the calling of the first disciples. Note his use (twice) of the word “immediately”. It hurries the narrative along.
  • In the world of Greek and Roman philosophy, as well as in that of rabbinic Judaism, it is the pupil who seeks out the teacher. Here the opposite is happening as Jesus seeks out these four fishermen to be his pupils, his disciples. This is closer to the calling of the prophets in the Old Testament. The initiative comes from God/Jesus. Can you give an autobiographical account of your call to follow Jesus?

Conversation

God’s Word is always fruitful.
How is it touching me now
As I reflect on what I have just prayed?
Do I feel comforted?
Do I feel challenged?

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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