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Daily Prayer - 2019-02-13

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

Lord, I let go of the worries, resentments and fears
That I can sometimes hold on to so tightly.
Let me open my hands and my heart to receive freely
All the gifts that I need at this time.

Consciousness

When I return to my everyday tasks,
remind me, Lord,
that you are always there beside me.
I need never despair.

The Word of God

Mark 7:14-23

Then he called the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile." When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, "Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, "It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In this earthy passage Jesus is teaching me that what matters is the state of my heart. Is my heart in good shape? Doctors may worry about an enlarging of my heart, but from a Christian point of view, the enlarging of my heart is the best thing that can happen me! This is because God’s chosen task is to make me grow in love, until my capacity for loving matches that of Jesus. Lord, don’t let me instead suffer cardiac arrest!
  • What comes out of my heart? Am I seen as warm-hearted, forgiving, compassionate, and large-hearted? Is the world better for my being around? Lord, batter my heart until you get it into shape, as the poet John Donne puts it.

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

I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.

Amen

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