Daily Prayer - week commencing 2nd October 2017





I reflect for a moment on God's presence around me and in me.
Creator of the universe, the sun and the moon, the earth,
every molecule, every atom, everything that is:
God is in every beat of my heart. God is with me, now.

Thank you God for my freedom.  May I use this gift to do what I can for those who are oppressed or burdened.

I am surrounded by your loving presence, Lord, but I am aware of my fragility and weakness.
I thank you that I can face my shortcomings in your merciful embrace.

The Word of God    Luke 9:57-62
As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
Some thoughts on today's scripture
• In this passage from Luke, people admire Jesus and are inspired by him and so, “I will follow you,” they say. But they remind him that they have their own concerns to deal with first. Jesus asks them if they really know what it means to follow him.
• We celebrate the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi today. His name lives on because he knew what the call of Jesus meant. He understood the inner voice that called him to rebuild the church. He left his wealth to become poor among the poor. He rebuilt a community that was in love with nature and shone with child-like simplicity.
• To follow Jesus we need to be free; not tied down or anxious about having/not having things. Being a follower of Jesus cannot be a part-time role.  It demands that we accept where the Lord calls us.  Having said that, we all experience the demands of family and friends and, in our roles as father, mother, daughter, brother we should be compassionate and available to them. It’s a question of discernment – how is God calling me to respond in this circumstance?
• Are we are inspired by how Francis totally handed himself over to the call of Jesus? When we die, we will have no choice but to do the same but to what degree can we hand ourselves over to Jesus now? Can those practical concerns of family ties and work become a path rather than a block to following the Lord? Can we inspire others by the way we relate to them and the way we go about our daily tasks? How close can we get now to being like Francis who followed Jesus?

Jesus often asked questions of those who came to him.  Let me sense him close to me now, listening to my prayer and asking, ‘How can I help you? What can I give you?’

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.