'PRAYING WITH THE SCRIPTURES' - JESUS AS HEALER, PART 2


Find a quiet place and a comfortable position, allow your whole body to relax. Deep breathing, the lighting of a candle or some quiet music can help.

Focus your awareness that you are in the loving presence of God, , God around you, God enfolding you, God within you

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to be attentive, to pray and to be open to whatever gift God has to give.

Read the Scripture passage a few times slowly and mindfully.

Today we take Mark 10: 46 – 52.

6 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimae′us, a blind beggar, the son of Timae′us, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master,[a] let me receive my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.’

‘Use your imagination to picture the scene as it is described.

Put yourself in the scene, become the character in the story. Where are you on the road of your life? Are you perhaps sitting by the roadside? Gone off the road of your dreams?

What is your blindness? Not seeing your own goodness or that of another?, blindness to need? blindness to hope?……..

Jesus is just as really present to you now. Do you cry out to him or listen to the voices within and around you which say ‘be quiet’

Jesus calls you to come closer - .any cloaks you need to remove? Of fear? Of comfort?...........

Allow your prayer to take you where it will.

Jesus is asking you ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Tell Him

End by speaking what is in your heart to Jesus and listening for any message he might have for you.

Note how you feel and think what difference your prayer might make in your life. You might choose a word or phrase to carry with you through the day.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father for the healing of our world.

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