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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-06

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 am here, right now.

Freedom

I try to let go of concerns and worries
that may be dragging me down at this present moment.
I place any concerns I have in Gods hands
- at least for these few minutes of prayer.

Consciousness

I am surrounded by your loving presence, Lord,
But I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
Thank you that I can face my shortcomings
In your merciful embrace.

The Word of God

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honour, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • What kind of reception does Jesus expect when he returns to his hometown? Instead of mixing with strangers or newly-found disciples, he will now be surrounded by people who have known him all his life, who saw him grow from childhood to adulthood, who regard him as one of their own. Does he expect to be feted as a success-story, who has brought honour to his place of origin? Or does he foresee that he will be disowned, treated as an upstart who has risen above his station?
  • The citizens of Nazareth recognise the wisdom of Jesus’ teaching, and accept that he has performed “deeds of power” – yet they reject him! Why? Have you ever seen this dynamic of negativity and cynicism operating in other communities? In church life? In politics? Have you ever been sucked into it yourself?

Conversation

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.
Sometimes I get bogged down
with the concerns of this life.
Grant that I may be still more often.
To know Your peace, Your calm.

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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