Step #1 - Clear the Mind.Today I am distracted by the things I need to get done around the house but don't have the time due to my current job situation. A hoop house needs to be built. My second job needs more attention. Rosaries need to be made and sent out before Christmas.
Today's readings can be found here. While reading the readings this morning particular words seemed to permeate all of the readings and caught my attention - eyes, blind, healing, faith, light, and house.
Step #2 - Read the Scriptures
Step #3 - Join the Story
However, today, He did something different. These blind men cried out to Him and He continued on as though He didn't hear them until He entered the house. Only then did He address them. Why did He not turn to them while they were still out in the open? Why did He not ask them His questions while they were still out in the sun and air?
Then I thought, how painful it is when I awake and the morning sun is streaming directly into my window. Or, how long does it take my eyes to adjust to the full summer light when I emerge from my dark basement.
Was Jesus concerned about how their eyes would adjust to the "new" light they were about to receive? Did He want to give them some sort of shelter that would allow their eyes time to learn to see again and not be instantly "blinded" by the intense rays of the sun (Son)?
Step #4 - Talk/Listen to God
Dear Lord, during this time of Advent, please reveal to me the areas of my life where I am blind. Lead me to the house (real or spiritual) that I need to be in so that you may heal me. Help me to overcome my fear of following you into that home and simply trust that you want to heal me.
Lord, you know that my ears need healing, that I have struggled with this for years. I feel that you are leading me to a house of cleaner living (physical and spiritual). Give me the
grace I need to follow you and please don't ask me to keep my healing quite. I'm not sure I could manage that either ;-)
Step #5 - Bonus Step - Thanksgiving
Dear Lord, thank you for this time of prayer and meditation. Thank you for another day to know you, to love you, and to serve you. Thank you for all of the people joining us during this Advent season. Help us all to grow in our love for you and one another! Open our eyes and our ears!
Today is Friday, I would encourage you to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Here are the Sorrowful Mysteries of Advent & Christmas.