Daily Prayer - week commencing 12th March 2018
"Be still and know that I am God." Lord, Your words lead us to the calmness and greatness of Your Presence.
It is so easy to get caught up with the trappings of wealth in this life. Grant, O Lord, that I may be free from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.
Lord you have called me to spread Your light in this world. Let me be always conscious of those you want me to serve: the hungry and the homeless; the sick and the destitute; the stranger and the refugee.
The Word of God John 5:17-30
But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is still working, and I also am working.’ For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God. Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomsoever he wishes. The Father judges no one but has given all judgement to the Son, so that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. Anyone who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him. Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgement, but has passed from death to life. ‘Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute judgement, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. ‘I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgement is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
Some thoughts on today's scripture
• God’s son on earth was certainly busy but never acted on his own. He only did what the Father lead him to do. This is partly why he could say that “The Father and I are one” (John 10:30). Similarly a basic question for all of us ever should be ‘What does God want me to do?’
• The Creator has handed over all judgement to his Son. This means that the words that Jesus speaks judge us. We need to listen to them, accept them deeply and live by them. Jesus is the Way through whom we go to God. There is no other way. Jesus is God’s Word to us and for us.
Lord, help me to be always aware of what is truly important in life. May I always care for those around me and seek your presence in all who I meet.
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.