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Daily Prayer - 2014-02-15

Presence

The more we call on God
the more we can feel God's presence.
Day by day we are drawn closer
to the loving heart of God.

Freedom

I will ask God's help,
to be free from my own preoccupations,
to be open to God in this time of prayer,
to come to know, love and serve God more.

Consciousness

As I talk to you, O God,
help me to grow in appreciation of the gifts of communication.
Grant that I will speak out for those who have no voice
and always have a kind word for those in need.

The Word of God

Mark 8:1-10

In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way - and some of them have come from a great distance." His disciples replied, "How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?" He asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven." Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Now there were about four thousand people.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • ‘I have compassion on the crowd’ – is this true for me? Do I care that many people are tired, anxious, unsure of the future, uncertain about what life is meant to be about?
  • Can I recall a situation when someone had compassion on me—after an accident, in hospital, or when I acted badly and someone forgave me immediately? If so, draw profit from the memory. But perhaps I am a self-made person who feels they don’t need anyone’s compassion? When in this life will I admit that I need God’s compassion? Will it be only at the end?
  • Am I compassionate to others? Is that what I’d like to be said of me when I die? A wise man once advised me: ‘Have endless compassion for those who have not yet reached their goal’. It’s a life’s agenda!

Conversation

The gift of speech is a wonderful gift.
May I use this gift with kindness.
May I be slow to utter harsh words,
hurtful words, and words spoken in anger.

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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