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Daily Prayer - 2013-04-10


Dear Lord, you have called me by my name.
You have carved me in the palm of your hand.
May I grow in trust and never give in to despair.


Lord, I pray for your gift of freedom.
May your Holy Spirit
guide those in power to work for
equality for all your people.


My soul longs for your presence, Lord.
When I turn my thoughts to you,
I find peace and contentment.

The Word of God

John 3:16-21

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • It has been said that if all the Gospels had been lost early on except the first sentence above, that would be enough for us. Once we know that God ‘loves the world to bits’ we have hope. God is hard at work to save us – from evil and failure and ruin and darkness. God’s plan is to bring us all into eternal life. Pope Francis puts it daringly: ‘When everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved’ (The Joy of the Gospel, 6). That can be my mantra for today and every day. Relationships are transformed when I catch on to the fact that the other person is ‘infinitely loved’.


I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
What part of it strikes a chord in me? Perhaps the words of a friend - or some story I have heard recently - will slowly rise to the surface in my consciousness. If so, does the story throw light on what the scripture passage may be trying to say to me?


I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.


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