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Daily Prayer - 2020-02-17

Presence

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
I dwell for a moment on the Presence of God around me,
in every part of my body,
and deep within my being.

Freedom

What most often stops me achieving freedom is my tendency
to be caught up in fears and expectations
about what I 'ought' or 'should' be.
My usual automatic responses tie me down
and inhibit me from exploring new areas of growth.
I ask and pray for a greater sense of inner freedom and
that I might reach the fresh and challenging possibilities
that God wishes me to realise.

 

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

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

Lord, you have engraved my name
on the palm of your hand.
Even if others forget me,
you never will.

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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