Lord, God, my Creator,
Be close to me now.
My soul yearns for your presence.
Daily Prayer - 2012-12-11
Lord, God, my Creator,
Lord, like Saint Ignatius, I offer you my memory, understanding,
My entire will.
All I ask for in return is your love and your grace,
That’s enough for me.
I ask how I am within myself today?
Am I particularly tired, stressed, or off-form?
If any of these characteristics apply,
can I try to let go of the concerns that disturb me?
Jesus said to his disciples: "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish."
Some thoughts on today's scripture
- The saviour/shepherd king, is compassion and mercy itself. No one of the persons in his care is just a statistic – his heart is wrung and totally preoccupied if even one individual goes missing. He is the shepherd who will not rest until he has found the stray.
- But he is also a shepherd with resources of strength and power behind him - his arm subdues all things, Isaiah reminds us; and he is ever victorious.
- The ‘expected of the ages’, then, is awaited by us with awareness both of our own weakness and of his great might.
Words don't come easily to me, Lord.
Look into my heart
and see my longing for peace.
Watch over me, Lord.
I know that you are always by my side.
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.
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