Throwing his coat to the side, he jumped up and came to Jesus.
One of my spiritual directors in life was a priest who became blind late in his life. He was also a very talented violinist. It was very difficult for him to learn how to be blind and continue to play the violin. Yet he told me that he had become an even better violinist, because his hearing had become extremely sensitive. He also witnessed that he had come to see things spiritually that he might never have understood if he had his eyesight.
The joy of the man in the Gospel who came to see was made even greater because before he received his miracle, he had seen Jesus with his heart and knew Jesus could heal him. It’s as though his heart had been given eyes long before he received his sight.
Come to Jesus today with the same intense desire to know and love Jesus as the blind man of today’s Gospel. Be aware of keeping the eyes of your heart upon Jesus.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Throwing off all defenses v. 50
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
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