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Daily Prayer - 2019-05-19

Presence

Lord, help me to be fully alive to your Holy presence.
Enfold me in your love.
Let my heart become one with yours.

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

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me.
Grant that I may be still more often.
That I may always desire to spend time in your presence.
To know Your peace, Your love.

The Word of God

John 13:31-33,34-35

When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • When Judas steps out of the room, John states simply: 'And it was night'. The moment of darkness, of refusal of the Light, has arrived. Judas is presented as one of those who prefers the dark. And yet this hour is also the moment of glory, when we see the light of Christ in all its radiance.
  • It is moving to look back on this incident during our Easter celebrations of fire and light. It is as if we are looking back on the struggle, when darkness looked as if would extinguish the light. We are in bright morning, looking back with gratitude that an anxious, sleepless night is over.
  • And at this moment of betrayal, of Jesus' anguish that one of his chosen companions has turned away from him, that we are given a 'new commandment'. We might wonder about the tensions and the divisions within the community of the fourth gospel. Why do they need to be told and reminded- repeatedly! - to 'love one another'?

Conversation

Sometimes I wonder what I might say if I were to meet you in person Lord.
I think I might say "Thank You Lord" for always being there for me.
I know with certainty there were times when you carried me, Lord.
When it was through your strength I got through the dark times in 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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