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).
In today’s gospel we read of a woman who was suffering for many years with blood hemorrhages, or ruptured vessels all over her body. As she saw Jesus walking with his disciples, she worked her way through the crowd to get close to him. She said “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured”. She manages to do this, and Jesus of course knows and acknowledges her. He turns to her and says “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you”. Instantly her body is cured and all her hemorrhaging is gone.
Most notable about this encounter is the woman’s faith that Jesus will cure her of her illness, which she has suffered with for more than a decade. She sought out Jesus and went to him. Jesus asserts that it was this faith that saved and cured her.
The same applies to us. Jesus is waiting for us, always. All we need to do is seek him out when we are in need. If you are aware that you have strayed one way or another, and committed some manner of sin, then seek out Jesus in the same way the suffering woman did, and go to him. Visit a church, attend reconciliation, and ask him for his healing mercy while honestly confessing your sins. Do this, and you will be made whole again. Your faith will save you.
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.
Where in my life do I need healing?
How can I invite Jesus into my sickness and sin?
What sins do I need to give to Jesus and experience His healing?
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.
"Lord, I need you."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"My faith will save me."
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?
Jesus is waiting for you. Do an examination of conscience, (here is one if you don't have a favorite) and prepare your heart to receive Jesus's mercy and healing and go to confession.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jim Lundgren, a parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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