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Daily Prayer - 2014-03-24

Presence

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
I dwell for a moment on the Presence of God around me,
in every part of my body,
and deep within my being.

Freedom

I ask for the grace to believe
in what I could be and do
if I only allowed God, my loving Creator,
to continue to create me, guide me and shape me.

Consciousness

There is a time and place for everything, as the saying goes.
Lord, grant that I may always desire
to spend time in your presence.
To hear your call.

The Word of God

Luke 4:24-30

And he said, "Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet's hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Pope Francis suggested recently that Naaman, the Syrian warrior, is an image of the Church in its present difficulties. The bible story shows that he was a man of great deeds, but had leprosy, just as the Church does great work but suffers from the cancer of clericalism. He is however, humble enough to ask for help: it comes from below, from a nobody, a Jewish slave-girl, who tells him that the God of the Hebrews can bring him healing.
  • Naaman travels to Israel with great wealth, to buy his healing. But the prophet gives him one simple, humble task: he is to bathe in the Jordan seven times. He refuses and starts his homeward journey. But again the saving word comes from below: his servants persuade him to do what he is told. He removes his armour—symbol of human power—bathes, and finds his flesh restored ‘like the flesh of a little child’.
  • May it be that the healing of the Church will come only from our listening to the poor and humble of the earth? Through the listening process of the Synod may I become a good listener, and hear well the marginalised, those whose views I would often ignore? May each of us in our Synodal meetings put aside our armour and become ‘like a little child’, for it is to such that the Kingdom of God belongs.

Conversation

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?

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

Prayer for peace:

Following days of rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Pope Francis called on Christians around the world to fast and pray for peace in Eastern Europe this coming Ash Wednesday.
“I invite everyone to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for peace, I encourage believers in a special way to devote themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace protect the world from the folly of war.” Pope Francis, 25/02/2022

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