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Daily Prayer - 2012-11-30

Presence

To be present is to arrive as one is and open up to the other.
At this instant, as I arrive here, God is present waiting for me.
God always arrives before me, desiring to connect with me
even more than my most intimate friend.
I take a moment and greet my loving God.

Freedom

Thank you for the gift of freedom, Lord.
Grant that I may always choose to follow You.
Keep me ever mindful of your ways.
Of your love and concern for all people.

Consciousness

I remind myself that I am in the presence of the Lord.
I will take refuge in His loving heart.
He is my strength in times of weakness.
He is my comforter in times of sorrow.

The Word of God

Matthew 4:18-22

As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • This scene offers us a paradigm of the way Jesus calls each of us. Note that the initiative is entirely his. As we read in Mark 3:13: "He called to him those whom he wanted". Jesus wants you and me to follow him, not just as companions but as sharers in his mission. "I will make you fish for people". Christian spirituality is not simply about 'Jesus and me', but about 'Jesus, me, and those to whom he sends me'. Each of us is a fisher: a witness, a prophet, an evangeliser, a healer, a communicator of the good news.
  • What was it like for Andrew to hear his call? A mix of emotions? Delight in being singled out (we all want to be wanted!), but maybe a bit hesitant about leaving behind his means of livelihood? What is the cost of discipleship for me? Do I need to let go of anything?

Conversation

Jesus you speak to me through the words of the gospels.
May I respond to your call today.
Teach me to recognise your hand at work in my daily living.

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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