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Daily Prayer - 2019-05-15

Presence

Lord, you are always there
waiting for me. 
May I never be too busy to
find time to spend in your presence.

Freedom

Guide me always to do your holy will
knowing that your strength will
carry me through.

Consciousness

Lord you have called me ‘the light of the world’.
Let me be always conscious of those you want me to serve,
The hungry and the homeless,
The sick and the destitute,
The stranger and the refugee.

The Word of God

John 12:44-50

Jesus cried aloud, 'Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.'

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Light and darkness; sight and blindness; action and inaction. Many times in the gospel of John, we find references to these pairs of opposites. Those who accept the light- Jesus, are able to 'see' clearly, to understand. Without light, in total darkness, no-one can do anything. They mystery, then, is why anyone would choose to remain in darkness? Why would anyone choose to be blind?
  • This passage is a summary statement which comes at the end of Jesus's public ministry. So it sums up everything Jesus has been doing and saying in public. It speaks therefore of listening to the words of Jesus and acting upon them. His words are important, because they are first of all the Father's words. Jesus is so closely connected to his message that in fact he is referred to in this gospel as the Word.
  • There is a link between the term 'to keep my word' and Matthew's phrase 'to do my words'. What are the words which require action? We 'keep' commandments, and we make and keep promises and vows. These are words of power, the words which shape our lives.

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

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