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Daily Prayer - 2014-10-01

Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of Your presence

Freedom

Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
May your Holy Spirit guide me to follow you freely.
Instil in my heart a desire
To know and love you more each day.

Consciousness

I remind myself that I am in your presence, O Lord.
I will take refuge in your loving heart.
You are my strength in times of weakness.
You are my comforter in times of sorrow.

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

To communicate we don’t always need to talk.
Can I imagine myself sitting quietly with Jesus?
I looking silently at him and He at me.
How do I feel?

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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