Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
A few years ago I encountered a gentlemen in Haiti who was blind. He gave a powerful testimony to the local people and us guests. He said, “When I was younger I could physically see everything, but I really couldn’t see anything. But now that I’m physically blind, I can see everything.” For a longtime various things were inhibiting his vision. He has become a man of deep faith. He loves God. He trusts God. And by His grace, he knows God.
The blind men in the Gospel today also demonstrate how grace is at work in them...Jesus touched their eyes and tells them, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” From that point on their eyes opened – they were healed – they could see again. These men were also men of faith. They believed. They trusted in God.
How about us? Do you have faith – even when it’s hard to see? Are you completely committed to God – even when your friends are not? Do you trust Him – even when life is tough? Do you believe – even when it’s hard to understand? Do you know He’s with you always – even when you feel alone?
Like the Haitian blind man and the Gospel blind men, true vision comes when we have faith. This week let us quiet down, pray, listen, and ask God to increase our faith so we can truly see!
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Do you have faith – even when it’s hard to see?
Are you completely committed to God – even when your friends are not? Do you trust Him – even when life is tough? Do you believe – even when it’s hard to understand?
Do you know He’s with you always – even when you feel alone?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I am faithful."
"I trust in you, Lord."
"I am with you."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
What do you see when you look around? Are you blind, even with your sight? What would it take for you to look around and truly see what the Lord has done? Try removing your sunglasses today and check out what the Son is doing in your life!
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