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Daily Prayer - 2012-11-30

Presence

God is with me, but more, God is within me.
Let me dwell for a moment on God's life-giving presence
in my body, in my mind, in my heart,
as I sit here, right now.

Freedom

Lord, you granted me the great gift of freedom.
In these times, O Lord, grant that I may be free
From any form of racism or intolerance.
Remind me, Lord, that we are all equal
in your Loving eyes.

Consciousness

In the presence of my loving Creator,
I look honestly at my feelings over the last day,
the highs, the lows and the level ground.
Can I see where the Lord has been present?

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 always welcomed little children when you walked on this earth.
Teach me to have a childlike trust in you.
To live in the knowledge that you will never abandon me.

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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