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Daily Prayer - 2013-02-15

Presence

“Be still and know that I am God”
Lord, may your spirit guide me
to seek Your Loving presence
more and more. For it is there
I find rest and refreshment from
this busy world.

Freedom

What most often stops me achieving freedom is my tendency
to be caught up in fears and expectations
about what I 'ought' or 'should' be.
My usual automatic responses tie me down
and inhibit me from exploring new areas of growth.
I ask and pray for a greater sense of inner freedom and
that I might reach the fresh and challenging possibilities
that God wishes me to realise.

 

Consciousness

Dear Lord help me to be always
aware of the important things in life.
To care for those around me.
To seek your presence in all I meet.

The Word of God

Matthew 9:14-15

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In so many Gospel interactions with Jesus, people are offered two distinct ‘messages’: we need to be equally open to both. Here, Jesus does warn that self-control and suffering (fasting) are indeed going to be part of the call for everybody.
  • But today again a reflex-response could stop us giving full value to the second ‘message’ here – namely: Jesus announces the close relationship which he has entered into with the human race, by becoming one of us – a marriage of heaven to earth: the adoption of us all into the heavenly kingdom.
  • The unsuspecting inquirers in the scene have not envisaged this larger horizon. But the ground has shifted under their feet: the newly-arrived kingdom-on-earth means – even though the two realities involved will come into conflict – that things can never be the same again.

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

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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