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).
How often do you call out to Jesus? Today, I am struck by the blind man’s persistence, and also his loudness. He keeps calling, he is pursuing Jesus the only way he can, by shouting. He is bold. And Jesus stops, sees Him, and answers him.
I have stopped and shouted for Jesus throughout my life. Sometimes I have just shouted at Jesus. After a bad dating breakup, when my mom had cancer, when my job wasn’t going well, when I have lost friends. I have run to Jesus in adoration and shouted. And Jesus has always answered (even in ways I didn’t expect).
There’s also been plenty of times where I have run from Jesus. A different breakup, a failed grade, moving, illness. Plenty of times I have run and hidden. Afraid to face Him in prayer or the sacraments. But still, Jesus answered. He never was running, only me.
One time in adoration, I both shouted and ran. It was not my finest moment, but still Jesus was there loving me.
Jesus is always waiting for us. Whether we shout for Him, or run, do both, or something entirely different. He is waiting for us. Jesus will not force Himself on us. He can take our shouting and our running. But He is waiting for us when we stop. Will you let Jesus in to heal 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.
When have you called out to Jesus? How did He respond?
When have you run from Jesus? How did He respond?
What do you want to be bold and ask Jesus for?
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.
"Shout for the Lord."
"Call to Jesus."
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 want the most from Jesus right now? Call out and ask Him for it today.
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