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Daily Prayer - 2020-02-17

Presence

"I stand at the door and knock," says the Lord.
What a wonderful privilege
that the Lord of all creation desires to come to me.
I welcome His presence.

Freedom

There are very few people
who realise what God would make of them
if they abandoned themselves into his hands,
and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God's love.

Consciousness

Help me Lord to be more conscious of your presence.
Teach me to recognise your presence in others.
Fill my heart with gratitude for the times Your love has been shown to me through the care of others.

The Word of God

Mark 8:11-13

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The Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation." And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • In Mark’s Gospel we often get significant little details about Jesus, not mentioned in the other gospels. Here, the remark that “he sighed deeply in his spirit” indicates an understandable frustration on the part of Jesus. He had been giving all sorts of “signs” since the day he changed water into wine at Cana. Yet none of these seem to have made any sort of favourable impression on the Pharisees.
  • Here they are looking for their own tailor-made miracle from heaven. This is not how Jesus did things. Those for whom He worked miracles were poor, needy, suffering men and women with no axe to grind. They simply wanted healing. If we bring our deeply felt needs to Jesus, we can be sure of a helpful response.

Conversation

Jesus often asked questions of those who came to him.
Let me sense him close to me now,
Listening to my prayer and asking
‘How can I help you?’
‘What can I give you?’

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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