46They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
- Where do you sit, blind on the side of the road?
- Are you alone? Are there others with you?
- What do you need?
- You hear Jesus is walking toward you.
- What message for Jesus arises within you?
- Shout it out!
- Hear Jesus call you.
- What do you throw off to get to Jesus?
- Hear Jesus say, “What do you want me to do for you?”
- Scan your body and your mind. What do you need from Jesus?
- Make your requests be known to Jesus.
- Hear Jesus say, “Go; your faith has made you well.”
- Scan your body and your mind.
- Where do you feel peace and lightness?
- Where do you feel healing?
- Where do you follow Jesus?
- What is Christ’s message for you?
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, October 21, 2012, the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Psalm 34:108 (19-22)
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD