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).
The Gospel today is a big reminder that we should be persistent in following Jesus, asking Him to answer our prayers and show the world our Faith.
The blind man noticed a crowd around him and asked what the commotion was. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by he immediately shouted for Jesus to have pity on him. Even though the people around him told him to be quiet, the blind man shouted even more.
Jesus stopped and asked for the blind man to be brought to him. It was because of his faith, persistence and his lack of concern about what others thought that he was healed. My favorite part of this Gospel is he immediately received his sight, followed Jesus and gave glory to God. Everyone else who saw this all gave glory to God.
If we all shared our faith in public and with those around us we could have such an impact on the world. If we all gave glory to God in all things would others begin to thank God, too? I believe it would, at a minimum, make people think. My husband is not a practicing Catholic but I share with him all my answered prayers, supernatural experiences and my relationship with God all the time. He sees the way I make prayer a priority, how God has changed me and how I thank God in all circumstances. I know it is having an impact on him because he now says, “Thank you, God, we are so blessed.” He also asks me to pray for him or to pray to God, “What does God think we should do? Have you taken this to Him in prayer?”
We can have an impact on the world.
Let’s try to be more public and share our faith with others around us. Let’s say grace at restaurants and with friends. Our culture takes a lot of things for granted and people have thanked me for saying grace because it reminds them how blessed we are ... not lucky. Let’s share with others our prayers and how God has impacted our lives so they can consider God in their life. I pray you keep the faith, but not to yourself.
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.
Who has God put in your life to share the faith with? Do you? How can you share your faith with them?
When is that last time you felt called to share the faith, and you chickened out? What can you do next time to ensure you do share the faith?
Who is someone who shared the faith with you? Thank God for them. And if you can, send them a text and thank them for their witness.
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.
"Faith moves mountains."
"I will share the faith."
"Lord, I will share your glory."
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?
Who do you know that you need to share the faith with? Make a point to tell them about your faith this week. Be kind and let them know how Jesus has changed your life.
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Today’s Prayer was prepared by Kendra Von Esh, an International Catholic Speaker, TV News Anchor, Radio Host and Author with a passion to help others deepen their relationship with God and the Faith.
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