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Daily Prayer - 2018-01-07

Presence

To be present is to arrive as one is and open up to the other.
At this instant, as I arrive here, God is present waiting for me.
God always arrives before me, desiring to connect with me
even more than my most intimate friend.
I take a moment and greet my loving God.

Freedom

Everything has the potential to draw forth from me a fuller love and life.
Yet my desires are often fixed, caught, on illusions of fulfillment.
I ask that God, through my freedom may orchestrate my desires
in a vibrant loving melody rich in harmony.

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

Mark 1:7-11

John proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptised you with water; but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit." In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan by John is a second epiphany. See him mingling with those Jews who have come to confess their sins, be baptised and receive forgiveness. Why would Jesus do this? Why identify with sinners? Does he need John’s baptism? Already there is here a manifestation of who Jesus is, and what he has come to do. John himself hints at it.
  • The more dramatic revelation comes “from above”. First, the heavens are torn apart and the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus as he emerges from the water. This Spirit will remain with him throughout his public ministry and passion. Then a voice speaks from heaven, offering a commentary on what is happening: “You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased”. We identify this voice as that of his Abba, his dear Father. Rest in this scene and allow yourself to be drawn into the embrace of the three persons of the Trinity. They are all participating in this baptismal ritual.

Conversation

What is stirring in me as I pray?
Am I consoled, troubled, left cold?
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting at my side and share my feelings with 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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