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Daily Prayer - 2013-01-26

Presence

"Come to me all you who are burdened
and I will give you rest"
Here I am, Lord.
I come to seek your presence.
I long for your healing power.

Freedom

Lord, grant me the grace to be free from the excesses of this life.
Let me not get caught up with the desire for wealth.
Keep my heart and mind free to love and serve you.

Consciousness

Knowing that God loves me unconditionally,
I can afford to be honest about how I am.
How has the last day been, and how do I feel now?
I share my feelings openly with the Lord.

The Word of God

Mark 3:20-21

Then Jesus went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The intensity of the ministry of Jesus is brought out by the assertion that he and his disciples could not even eat. The crowds were claiming Jesus’ attention as though they owned him. They expected him to be there for them all of the time.
  • The family (nuclear or extended?) of Jesus are aware of what is happening and have concluded that things have gone too far. He needs to be restrained, protected from himself as well as from the people. He is out of his mind, he is crazy!
  • Besides, traditional societies have placed a high priority on family honour. Jesus is threatening to bring dishonour to his family if he continues to act in such a foolish way. And what of these controversies he gets embroiled in with the Jewish religious leaders? Jesus’ family will be tainted by his arrogance!
  • Can you empathise with his family’s concerns?

Conversation

What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word?
I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to him.

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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