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Daily Prayer - 2019-05-18

Presence

Dear Jesus, today I call on you in a special way.
Mostly I come asking for favours.
Today I'd like just to be in Your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.

Freedom

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit Lord,
so that I may have inner freedom.
Let your Spirit instil in my heart
a desire to know and love you more each day.

 

Consciousness

I exist in a web of relationships - links to nature, people, God.
I trace out these links, giving thanks for the life that flows through them.
Some links are twisted or broken: I may feel regret, anger, disappointment.
I pray for the gift of acceptance and forgiveness.

The Word of God

John 14:7-14

If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The words of Jesus to Philip are astonishing. We could say that this is the high-point of John's gospel, and even of the New Testament as a whole. 'To have seen me is to have seen the Father'. Jesus is not simply a holy man, or a prophet, or a God-like angel- he is the image of the invisible God, God's self-portrait (God's 'selfie').
  • The Father is 'in' Jesus, as Jesus is 'in' the Father. It is an empowering presence; it enables Jesus to perform great works and enables us to do even greater works. And yet … even as he speaks, Jesus knows he is to be handed over: to be tortured, abused and executed. His 'power' shows itself in total weakness and vulnerability.
  • (3) In these words, we ourselves are being invited to share in the life and work of God to share God's life, to do what God does. The Last Supper discourse in John is about our being initiated, being drawn into the godhead: as children, as friends of God and- here, as co-workers with God.

Conversation

Conversation requires talking and listening.
As I talk to Jesus may I also learn to be still and listen.
I picture the gentleness in His eyes
and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.
I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell Him of my worries and my cares.
I will open up my heart to Him as I tell Him of my fears and my doubts.
I will ask Him to help me to place myself fully in His care,
to abandon myself to Him,
knowing that He always wants what is best for me.

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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