November 14


Monday November 14

Let us place ourselves in the presence of God.
Close your eyes.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Gospel – Luke 18:35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

This is a healing story that demonstrates the power of faith. Faith is not just about what we believe or what we know. Faith is a problematic word in today’s society as we tie up other meanings associated in a religious context. Maybe a better word we could use today is “trust”. The point of the story is that it is not just this man who is blind. We are all blind in a symbolic sense. We all do not have all the answers. We get sick. We loose our jobs. Our relationships fall apart. There is an inherent weakness in the human condition. Do we recognise this weakness in our life? Do we trust God despite our weaknesses? Are we open? Blessed are you when you are blind, for you shall trust God more than those who think they can see.

1. We pray that we might be open to trust God in life. Lord here us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

2 We pray for those in our community who need healing. Especially because of sickness, mental illness and disability. Lord here us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

3. We pray for our politicians may make decisions with compassion and care. Open their hearts that they might see your face Lord in each person.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

Leader – Are there any other intentions?
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

Prayer by Thomas Merton
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen