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Daily Prayer - 2021-01-11

Presence

As I begin this prayer, God is present,
breathing life into me and into everything around me.
For a few moments, I remain silent,
and become aware of God's loving presence.

Freedom

Thank you for the gift of freedom, Lord.
Grant that I may always choose to follow You.
Keep me ever mindful of your ways.
Of your love and concern for all people.

Consciousness

Dear Jesus may I always be aware of your presence,
Your power and your Love,
all the days of my life.

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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  • Mark’s Gospel is written to answer two questions: ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘What are Jesus’ disciples meant to be like?’.Yesterday’s Gospel is a response to the first question, with the additional fact that Jesus proclaims the Good News of God--not just any good news, but God’s good news for the world. Today we get the beginning of an answer to the second: anyone can be a disciple--spectacular gifts or education are not requirements for eligibility. What matters is availability and a willingness to follow where Jesus leads. Discipleship also involves a change in our values until they measure up to the values of Jesus.
  • The Gospel scene locates the moment when Jesus launches his public life--after John had been arrested or handed over. There is a subtle hint here that this may happen to Jesus, and likewise to his disciples.They will need courage to stay the course.
  • I chat with Jesus about all this and ask for what I need.

Conversation

Dear Lord, help me each day
to seek your presence more and more.
Fill my heart with love for 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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