Thursday, July 9, 2015

Prayer: “The Presence of Jesus” by Margaret Duggan in "Through the Year with Michael Ramsey"

The presence of Jesus brings joy and peace to those who experience it. But it never brings comfort without also bringing a gift so generous that we cannot bear it as it is so shattering to our pride, and without also bringing a costly demand upon our minds and actions.

Jesus being with us where we are means our being with him where he is. If Jesus is with you, what is he demanding of you – urgently – in your actions about poverty, or peace, or race, or your neighborhood? If Jesus is with you, he will not let you wear [blinders] about your relations with your fellow [men and women]. If Jesus is with you, your life may be turned inside out.