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Daily Prayer - 2020-01-13

Presence

May my heart rejoice in your love, O Lord.
Let me live each day anew.

Freedom

Lord, I let go of the worries, resentments and fears
That I can sometimes hold on to so tightly.
Let me open my hands and my heart to receive freely
All the gifts that I need at this time.

Consciousness

I remind myself that I am in the presence of the Lord.
I will take refuge in His loving heart.
He is my strength in times of weakness.
He is my comforter in times of sorrow.

The Word of God

Mark 1:14-20

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea - for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Following his baptism and identification as the beloved Son of God, Jesus publicly proclaims the good news that the reign of God has come here and now. God makes his presence known in the person of his Son Jesus, come to establish true justice, with compassion for all of humanity. He needs help to bring this about, so he calls disciples to follow him. I marvel at Jesus’ captivating personality that evoked such an immediate, unconditional response from them.
  • At my baptism my godparents accepted a lighted candle on my behalf. I was “to walk always as a child of the light” and to “keep the flame of faith alive in my heart.

Conversation

Do I notice myself reacting as I pray with the Word of God?
Do I feel challenged, comforted, angry?
Imagining Jesus sitting or standing by me,
I speak out my feelings, as one trusted friend to another.

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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