Daily Prayer - week commencing 16 April 2018
“Be still and know that I am God.” Lord, may your spirit guide me
to seek Your Loving presence more and more. For it is there
I find rest and refreshment from this busy world.
Everything has the potential to draw forth from me a fuller love and life. Yet, despite this, my desires are often fixed or caught on illusions of fulfilment. I ask that God, through my freedom, may help me to want what He wants for me.
In the presence of my loving Creator, I look honestly at my feelings over the last few days: the highs, the lows and the level ground. Can I see where the Lord has been present?
The Word of God John 6:35-40
Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me; that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father; that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.'
Some thoughts on today's scripture
• Jesus reproves his listeners for their lack of faith but how much of Jesus did they really see? How deep was their understanding of who He is truly was and is?
• We may have a similar problem. Without a deep trust and total commitment to Christ and all that He stands for, we may find that we do not have full access to that Bread of Life which we need so much.
• We will never fully know Christ in this world but let us pray that we will never stop searching for Him in our lives.
• Jesus intensely wants us to share with us the Bread of Life; it is the nourishment we need. Let us open our hearts today so that Jesus can fill us with his life-giving love.
• God wants everyone to be with him “on the last day”. For our part we need to learn how to “see the Son” and believe in Him so that one day we can say with St. Paul: “Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). When that happens we know that we have truly been filled with the Bread that is Christ.
What feelings are rising in me as I pray and reflect on God's Word?
I imagine Jesus himself sitting or standing near me and open my heart to him.
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.