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Daily Prayer - 2014-06-30

Presence

May my heart rejoice in your love, O Lord.
Let me live each day anew.

Freedom

Lord, I let go of the worries, resentments and fears
That I can sometimes hold on to so tightly.
Let me open my hands and my heart to receive freely
All the gifts that I need at this time.

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

Matthew 8:18-22

Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. A scribe then approached and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus is making abundantly clear that the following of himself and of his cause is worlds away from, for instance, apprenticeship to or discipleship of a group like the Pharisees; the latter life-path might amount to little more than a quasi-professional niche in society as a teacher of the Law.
  • The following of Jesus and his teaching, by contrast may easily draw down opposition on disciples, causing them to be regarded as trouble-makers and disturbers of the peace – and even as targets, if need be, for removal by violent means. His disciples, Jesus warned, must be ready- like himself- to have the cross (or execution-beam) loaded onto their shoulders.
  • In light of this demand, the conditions for would-be discipleship are understandable : Family considerations will not hold a person back. (Here, one would-be disciple may possibly wish to just be allowed to see out an ailing father’s days). And there will be no security or comfort for someone joining Jesus ‘on the road’ as he traverses the land preaching.

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for 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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