Daily Reflection – 1/24/19
Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known. ( Mark 3:7-12)
The readers of these posts do so because they seek to know Jesus more. We all do. We reside in 6 different countries around the world, but we gather because we want to learn more about him. We’ve heard about his words of life, his healings, the way he extends new boundaries of freedom, and that he radically cares for each person he meets and liberates us from our deep, dark, muckiness. He wants us to come to know the God he calls Abba so we can know the steadfast care of God.
He yearns to bring us into a new family that not only welcomes everyone and treats them with respect and dignity but rejoices that they are here. He wants us to care for one another with a mercy that is befuddling curious to those who don’t believe. They will find it attractive and will be led to our way of life. He wants us to be in a world where others remark, “See how they love one another. They should be natural enemies, but anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord is treated with mercy.”
Come to Jesus today. Spend time with him. Don’t force your prayer as if it is work. It is not therapy. Prayer doesn’t have to be profound each day. Prayer can just be sitting next to your friend in silence, or in very frivolous conversation. It can be light-hearted and fun and gentle. Just be who you are with the one you want to be with. That’s all. It’s all so simple. Just relax and be who you are. Your true identity will help see his true identity. He is worth coming to know.
Prayer of The Day
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Inflame my heart with a burning love for you and with an expectant faith in your saving power. Set me free from all that hinders me from drawing closer to you and making you known through the way I live my life.
Open my eyes that I may see the deepest needs of men, women and children
Move my hands that they may feed the hungry;
Touch my heart that it may bring warmth to the despairing;
Teach me the generosity that welcomes strangers;
Let me share my possessions with people in need;
Give me the care that strengthens the sick;
Help me share in the quest to set prisoners free;
In sharing our anxieties and our love,
Our poverty and our prosperity,
We partake of your divine presence and come to know you.