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Daily Prayer - 2019-05-16

Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today
Fill my heart and my whole being
with the wonder of your presence.

Freedom

A thick and shapeless tree-trunk
would never believe that it could become a statue,
admired as a miracle of sculpture,
and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor,
who sees by his genius what he can make of it. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to let myself be shaped by my loving Creator.

 

Consciousness

We all need to take time out from our daily chores.
We know that our bodies need a rest.
When we come into your presence, Lord,
our hearts and minds are refreshed, our spirits lifted.

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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  • 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.

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

I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.

Amen

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