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Daily Prayer - 2015-01-25

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

Lord grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in your love.

Consciousness

How wonderful it is to be able
to enter into your presence Lord.
No matter what time it is.
No matter which land I am in.
I need only to speak your name.

The Word of God

Marcus 1,14-20

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The beginning of the ministry of Jesus coincides with the arrest of John the Baptist. The need for a herald is passed. “The time is fulfilled”. The focus is now fully on Jesus as he announces and inaugurates the kingdom. Notice the urgency in his exhortation to “repent and believe”. Do you need to hear these words today? Are they “good news” for you?
  • This sense of urgency continues as Mark describes the calling of the first disciples. Note his use (twice) of the word “immediately”. It hurries the narrative along.
  • In the world of Greek and Roman philosophy, as well as in that of rabbinic Judaism, it is the pupil who seeks out the teacher. Here the opposite is happening as Jesus seeks out these four fishermen to be his pupils, his disciples. This is closer to the calling of the prophets in the Old Testament. The initiative comes from God/Jesus. Can you give an autobiographical account of your call to follow Jesus?

Conversation

Words don't come easily to me, Lord.
Look into my heart
and see my longing for peace.
Watch over me, Lord.
I know that you are always by my side.

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

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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