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Daily Prayer - 2019-05-16

Presence

At any time of the day or night we can call on Jesus.
He is always waiting, listening for our call.
What a wonderful blessing.
No phone needed, no e-mails, just a whisper.

Freedom

Lord, you granted me the great gift of freedom.
In these times, O Lord, grant that I may be free
from any form of racism or intolerance.
Remind me, Lord, that we are all equal
in your loving eyes.

Consciousness

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the cares of this world.
At times like these may I be aware
of the comfort of your Presence,
Your infinite love for me.

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

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  • In our Gospel passages this week, Jesus has told me more than once that he and his Father are one. Today, he brings a new dimension to this: he tells me that he and I are one (“whoever receives one whom I send receives me”)! Can I believe that I have this close union with Jesus? Does it change how I feel about myself?
  • This is not the only place in the Gospels where Jesus speaks of his union with us. He says elsewhere that whatever we do to the least and most marginalized of people, we do to him. I reflect honestly on my attitude to the poor and marginalized, to the man or woman I see sitting on the footpath overcome by drugs or alcohol, or huddled in a sleeping bag in a doorway. Do I judge them? Do I resent them? Do I regard myself as better than they are? Do I realize that Jesus identifies himself with them, and does this change my attitude towards them? I pray for light.

Conversation

“Stay and watch with me.”
Your words, Lord, to the disciples
before your suffering and death.
I know, Lord, You will stay and watch over me
all the days of my life.

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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