Lord, you are always there
waiting for me.
May I never be too busy to
find time to spend in your presence.
Daily Prayer - 2019-01-10
Lord, you are always there
Your death on the cross has set me free.
I can live joyously and freely,
without fear of death.
Your mercy knows no bounds.
When I return to my everyday tasks,
remind me, Lord,
that you are always there beside me.
I need never despair.
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’
Some thoughts on today's scripture
- In his early thirties Jesus had left Nazareth and the family workshop to listen to John the Baptist in the desert.. When John baptised him, the voice of God the Father came from heaven, “You are my son, the Beloved” (Luke 3:20). We read here of Jesus’ dramatic homecoming to the little synagogue in Nazareth.
- I watch him unroll the scroll and pause for maximum effect. He boldly identifies himself as the anointed one of God. He declares that his mission is to proclaim the Good News of the reign of God, a God of lovie and compassion, especially for the poor and the oppressed.
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.
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.
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