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Daily Prayer - 2013-11-02

Presence

What is present to me is what has a hold on my becoming.
I reflect on the Presence of God always there in love,
amidst the many things that have a hold on me.
I pause and pray that I may let God
affect my becoming in this precise moment.
 

Freedom

Lord grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in your love.

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

Luke 7:11-17

Soon afterwards Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, rise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen among us!" and "God has looked favourably on his people!" This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Lord, you saw that this was more than just a funeral. On the bier was the only child of a widow. In a man's world, she was left undefended. It was the bereft mother who drew your compassion. Braving the laws of ritual purity, you laid your hand on the bier, and gave the man back to his mother. Then as now, your heart was touched by human misery.
  • The compassion which can invade our hearts at the time of the death of a young person was also in Jesus’ heart for a young widow. He wanted to reach out to her, hold her to his heart and make her life better. This is the same with any suffering we have. The raising up of this young son is a symbol of how Jesus j raises us when we are down. The compassion of his heart lets us know that we are understood, accepted and welcomed in the loving heart of God.
  • The raising of someone from death was a highly unusual event in Jesus' life; as with the raising of Lazarus it is a direct compassionate response to the situation of a family who have lost a loved one. It is also a promise of rising from the dead which is the promise of Jesus to all - that our death is our rising to new life.
  • This short episode is a valuable one to remember when things seem very bleak in our lives. The pall-bearers are bringing the widow’s son out for burial prematurely. He can still be restored to life through the power of Jesus’ compassion. Just when the widow thought she had lost everything, everything was restored to her.
  • In times of darkness, let us remember that Jesus, the great prophet hailed by the mourners, is still with us – yesterday, today and forever.

Conversation

Jesus often asked questions of those who came to him.
Let me sense him close to me now,
Listening to my prayer and asking
‘How can I help you?’
‘What can I give you?’

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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