Grant Us Strength (Jan. 13, 2015)

They are happy who live by the law of the Lord.

A reflection for Tuesday, January 13, 2015fromDaily Prayer 2015, a book of prayer for each day of the liturgical year, authored by Rev. Stephen S. Wilbricht, C.S.C.:

What does it mean for Jesus to be teaching “as one having authority”? What makes his teaching different? Whatever it was, Jesus’s preaching about the Kingdom of God was made manifest in his actions. In today’s passage, Jesus hears the cry of a man with an unclean spirit, and he heals him. Sometimes we can be very suspicious of authority. Let it not be so in our relationship with Jesus, whose words of challenge are paired with actions of compassion.

By the Lord’s authority, we are able to address our God.We pray:

Fill us with your Spirit,Lord.

For the preaching of the Gospel in every land, that its words may be proclaimed with authority and truth, we pray: For a proper respect for life around the world, especially where there is war and violence, we pray: For all who experience captivity, especially those who face unwanted demons in their lives, we pray: For fruitful relationships among all Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other religious faiths, we pray: For those who are on the brink of death, and for all who have died recently in our parish community,we pray:

Our Father

Lord God,
your loving presence
breaks the bonds of sin and death
wherever your words of truth
are proclaimed
with authority and compassion.
Open our eyes this day
to see the needs of those who suffer most
among us,
and grant us the strength to reach out to
them in love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus
Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

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