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Daily Prayer - 2014-10-01

Presence

Dear Jesus, I come to you today
longing for your presence.
I desire to love you as You love me.
May nothing ever separate me from You.

Freedom

Lord, like Saint Ignatius, I offer you my memory, understanding,
My entire will.
All I ask for in return is your love and your grace,
That’s enough for me.

Consciousness

Lord, you gave me the night to rest in sleep.
In my waking hours may I not forget your goodness to me.
Guide me to share your blessings with others.

The Word of God

Luke 9:57-62

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "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." To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Today's gospel reading sees Jesus 'sifting' some of the applicants who wish to follow him, much as an employer evaluates candidates for a job or position. Does the candidate 'have what it takes'? Jesus here puts his finger on a number of attitudes which might be a reason for rejection!
  • For Jesus, the task is urgent and all-embracing. The bar has been set very high. The urgency of preaching the Kingdom requires an immediate response from the candidate, who has no time to bury relatives, or even to say goodbye properly. For a Jewish culture which took burial of the dead seriously, and which held the family in high respect, these are strong words from Jesus.
  • What about my own call to be a disciple? Does my own story reflect anything of Jesus' dramatic style? Perhaps my call to follow Jesus has been costly, in terms of my family and other close relationships?

Conversation

“Stay and watch with me.”
Your words, Lord, to the disciples
before your suffering and death.
I know, Lord, You will stay and watch over me
all the days of my life.

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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