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Daily Prayer - 2014-01-28

Presence

Dear Jesus, today I call on you in a special way.
Mostly I come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in Your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.

Freedom

A thick and shapeless tree-trunk
would never believe that it could become a statue,
admired as a miracle of sculpture,
and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor,
who sees by his genius what he can make of it. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to let myself be shaped by my loving Creator.

 

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 3:31-35

The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus is still in the house, surrounded by a crowd. His family arrive on the scene but they cannot get near him. We already know that they disapprove of what he is doing and want to restrain him. Some in the crowd alert Jesus to their presence outside. But Jesus remains inside with his disciples (for safety?) and uses the occasion to give a radical (subversive?) teaching on the meaning of family.
  • An increasing gulf is opening up between Jesus’ natural family (outside) and his family of faith, i.e. all who do the will of God (inside). Tension is inevitable between the two. But is the gulf unbridgeable? Might some in his natural family be doing the will of God? Where does Mary stand in all of this? She too is kept outside. What do you make of Jesus’ actions and teaching in this passage?

Conversation

Remembering that I am still in God's presence,
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting beside me,
and say whatever is on my mind, whatever is in my heart,
speaking as one friend to another.

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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