Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
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).
Today's Gospel in a lot of ways is weird. It's not very often that Jesus goes to do something miraculous like a healing and has it not work, at least on the first try. On the first read, this could be confusing; did Jesus do something wrong? What's happening? On a deeper reading, though, this reading seems to be expressing a profound truth about the nature of healing, and in the same sense conversion.
This blind man, like many of us, has an encounter with Jesus. In this encounter, Jesus does something profound: he physically meets the man in a radical way. The man presents his need – being blind – and Jesus presents a solution. But, as for many of us, this man's problems don't immediately go away. They're getting better, for sure; he used to see nothing, and now he is seeing movement and shapes. What had been darkness is now starting to be light; it's just not totally bright yet. Then, the man sticks with Jesus. He tells Jesus about what still needs to be healed, namely the part of his sight that isn't back yet. And in humility, he lets Jesus go back and do more work on him. This time, because of the perseverance and trust, the man is completely healed.
In our conversions, there are often moments like this. We meet Jesus, and conversion begins. Then, we walk away, and we realize that it's not totally done. There is still work to do, and we're not quite ready to walk away from Jesus. The good news, of course, is that he isn't walking away either; he is right there ready to strengthen, console, and heal us. Brothers and sisters, no matter how many times we have to keep coming back and asking for the same thing, trust that the Lord wants to slay all of the obstacles we face in order to allow us to be in a relationship of love with him. Trust him, keep coming back, and know that he is right there with you the entire time.
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.
When and where did my conversion begin? What work has Jesus done in my life?
Where am I still in need of conversion? What work do I still need Jesus to do in my life?
How can I return and recommit to the Lord today?
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.
"Heal me, Lord."
"I turn my heart to 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?
All of us are in need of ongoing conversion today. Ask the Lord to reveal to you where in your heart and life you are still in need of conversion.
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