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Daily Prayer - 2019-05-16


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.


Lord, too often I think I am the one in control of my life.
Help me to see that I am powerless over so much.
I ask for the grace to be able to hand over my life to you
And experience the joy of that freedom.


In the presence of my loving Creator, I look honestly at my feelings over the last day, the highs, the lows and the level ground. Can I see where the Lord has been present?

The Word of God

John 13:16-20

Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfil the scripture, “The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.” I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • Even though we are well into the Easter season, this gospel reading takes back to that wonderful night when Jesus ate and drank with his friends, and prepared them for the new Passover. And yet there is no mention of the blessing of bread and wine. Instead, there is Jesus' astonishing behaviour of washing the feet of his disciples.
  • At his last meal, on the night before he died, Jesus gives a long discourse of teaching … but he begins with a powerful, wordless gesture. Once again, 'doing' the words of Jesus is crucial; here it is his own action and behaviour that we are called to imitate, as well as his teaching.
  • Jesus has no illusions about the group of inadequate, sinful men he is addressing. One will betray him, the other ones will scatter in the moment of testing. These men are also self-centred and ambitious, which is why Jesus has to demonstrate them the attitude of service. But Jesus does not despair over these men. They are the ones he has 'chosen'. Even at this late hour he is showing them the way to happiness.


The gift of speech is a wonderful gift.
May I use this gift with kindness.
May I be slow to utter harsh words,
hurtful words, and words spoken in anger.


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.


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