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Daily Prayer - 2017-04-04

Presence

As I begin this prayer, God is here.
Around me, in my sensations, in my thoughts and deep within me.
I pause for a moment, and become aware
of God's life-giving presence.

Freedom

Thank you God for my freedom
May I use this gift to do what I can
for those who are oppressed or burdened.

Consciousness

I am surrounded by your loving presence, Lord,
But I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
Thank you that I can face my shortcomings
In your merciful embrace.

The Word of God

John 8:21-30

Again he said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.’ Then the Jews said, ‘Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’ He said to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.’ They said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.’ They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.’ As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The question at the heart of this text is ‘Who are you?’ His hearers were either unable or unwilling to understand his teaching up to this point. Jesus is still revealing his identity, but he is also exploring the identity of those he is addressing.
  • We cannot come to a knowledge of Christ without first of all understanding the truth of who he is, and secondly, the truth of who we are. If do not know who Christ is, we will not value him. If we do not recognise who we are, we will not grasp the greatness of our need. But when the two truths are grasped simultaneously we see the glory of God in Christ Jesus, and we understand that he is the only answer to our enormous need. When Pope Francis was interviewed shortly after becoming Pope, he was asked, ‘Who is Francis?’ he replied, ‘I am a sinner’. Who am I? Who is Jesus for me?

Conversation

What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word?
I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to him.

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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