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Daily Prayer - 2021-01-24

Presence

The more we call on God
the more we can feel God's presence.
Day by day we are drawn closer
to the loving heart of God.

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

Lord, you are present in all things
And when I take time to simply sit and be with you
My mind rests
And I feel your peace.

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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  • We prayed this Gospel earlier this month. You may like to revisit its inspiration points--St Ignatius strongly believed in the value of repetition.
  • But there is always more in a Gospel passage! It starts with the arrest of John. Jesus would have been more prudent, surely, to let things quieten down before going public himself? But Mark is hinting that Jesus is aware that he too may be arrested and that time is precious. He begins to preach that the kingdom of God is bursting in on an unready world, and that it calls for an immediate response.
  • ‘Repent’ means much more than apologising for one’s sins: it involves having your heart turned inside out by substituting divine values for merely human ones. St Paul refers to this as nothing less than ‘a new creation’. I admit to Jesus my fear of such radical surgery. What does he say to me?

Conversation

God’s Word is always fruitful.
How is it touching me now
As I reflect on what I have just prayed?
Do I feel comforted?
Do I feel challenged?

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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