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Daily Prayer - 2013-01-26

Presence

Dear Lord help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my thoughts with your peace, your love.

Freedom

I ask for the grace to believe
in what I could be and do
if I only allowed God, my loving Creator,
to continue to create me, guide me and shape me.

Consciousness

Lord you have called me ‘the light of the world’.
Let me be always conscious of those you want me to serve,
The hungry and the homeless,
The sick and the destitute,
The stranger and the refugee.

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

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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