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Daily Prayer - 2017-04-06

Presence

Dear Jesus, as I call on you today
I realise that I often come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.

Freedom

There are very few people
who realise what God would make of them
if they abandoned themselves into his hands,
and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God's love.

Consciousness

We are all pilgrims on a journey to you, Lord.
May we contemplate your time on earth,
and, with Your help, follow in your footsteps.

The Word of God

John 8:51-59

Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.’ The Jews said to him, ‘Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, “Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.” Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, “He is our God”, though you do not know him. But I know him; if I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.’ Then the Jews said to him, ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.’ So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • We are impressed by the vehemence of these conversations between Jesus and the Jews. They sound like shouting matches, with the most serious accusations flying around. Yet here Jesus is uncharacteristically strong because he is speaking about who he is and about his relationship with the Father. He makes very big claims on his identity, and insists he would be lying if he were to say he does not know the Father. How important is all this for me? Do I consider it vital that Jesus is the Son of God, ie what difference would it make if I discover he is not?
  • Jesus insists that Abraham himself rejoiced to see his day, for he was the fulfilment of all the promises made in the Old Testament. Elsewhere he is called the desire of the nations. Sometimes this is presented in too simplistic a manner, so I reflect on these words and ask to understand in what way Jesus and his message are the answer to my deepest needs. I am thankful for all this.

Conversation

How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold?
Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,
I turn and share my feelings with him.

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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