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Daily Prayer - 2020-02-11

Presence

Dear Lord, help me to be open to you
for this time as I put aside the cares of this world.
Fill my mind with your peace, Your Love.

Freedom

I need to close out the noise, to rise above the noise;
The noise that interrupts, that separates,
The noise that isolates.
I need to listen to God again.

Consciousness

As I talk to you, O God,
help me to grow in appreciation of the gifts of communication.
Grant that I will speak out for those who have no voice
and always have a kind word for those in need.

The Word of God

Mark 7:1-13

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
“This people honours me with their lips,
 but their hearts are far from me;
 in vain do they worship me,
 teaching human precepts as doctrines.”
 You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’

Then he said to them, ‘You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, “Honour your father and your mother”; and, “Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.” But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, “Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban” (that is, an offering to God)— then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Few things are as hurtful as to be called a hypocrite. Yet this was how Jesus addressed the Pharisees and scribes.. The word comes originally from the Greek theatre: hypokrinein, to play a part. Life, however is not theatre nor did hypocrisy come to an end with Pharisees and scribes!
  • Today is World Day of the Sick. We are all invited to think about, pray for and in certain circumstances give practical help to the sick. Giving help to the sick is an activity where there is little room for hypocrisy.
  • Tertullian, an early Christian writer tells us of the comment of the pagans of his time: “These Christians. See how they love one another”. The reason for this comment was that the Christians looked after their sick poor. Until then, the only people who were treated for sickness were the rich.
  • World Day of the Sick coincides with the Feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was on this day in 1858 that the wonderful work of care for the sick began in the small French village of Lourdes.

Conversation

Lord, I know that when I turn to you there is no need for words.
You can see into my heart.
You know my desires and you know my needs.
I place myself into your hands.

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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