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Daily Prayer - 2021-09-12

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

Lord, too often I think I am the one in control of my life.
Help me to see that I am powerless over so much.
I ask for the grace to be able to hand over my life to you
And experience the joy of that freedom.

Consciousness

As I spend this time with you, Lord,
I am aware of how blessed I truly am.
I think of the love and laughter in my life,
And I feel grateful.

The Word of God

Mark 8:27-35

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest”. This line from a song entitled “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel could be applied, without irreverence to Peter. Peter, speaking on behalf of the other disciples, has just proclaimed his belief that Jesus truly is the long-awaited Messiah. Like all the rest of us Peter wanted to hear this consoling message.
  • He found the rest of what Jesus had to say less palatable. He didn’t want to hear about suffering, rejection, killing but also rising from the dead. It must have been a great shock to Peter to hear himself called Satan! Jesus then turned to all those listening to him and that includes you and me - “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves” etc.
  • In life there are two crosses; the cross of Satan and the Cross of Christ. We have to choose. At the beginning the former will seem light and pleasant. With the passage of time, however, it will get heavier and heavier, leading to sadness and heartbreak. The latter may seem heavy at the start. It will get ever lighter and lighter in the long run, leading to a happiness without end.

Conversation

May your Holy Spirit guide me
In all my dealings with others.
May I use the gift of speech with kindness.

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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