For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, there are times when I have acted or reacted improperly simply because I have been more concerned about what others think or my own reputation. Certainly I would rather learn from the humble example that Jesus set before us in the Scripture below rather than be humbled harshly due to my own self-undoing. I just wanted to acknowledge to You Father that I understand why Jesus preferred to take this man aside and heal him privately instead of publically. Jesus was more concerned about the man's privacy than His own reputation. No doubt there would have been a crowd of gawkers trying to get a close look at what was happening. I understand there were many reasons why Jesus instructed those He healed not tell anyone, but those who He healed simply could not hold back their joy. Jesus' humble instructions not to tell anyone was completely incompatible with their soul's motivation to rejoice. They could not help but blab about Jesus. It serves as a gentle reminder for me not to toot my own horn, if my horn is to be tooted at all, then others will do it through their soul's joy. Thank You for this awareness today and thank You for supporting me, even during the times when I was operating at a lower level than I was capable.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
31 Again He left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis.
32 And people brought to Him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged Him to lay His hand on him.
33 He took him off by Himself away from the crowd. He put His finger into the man's ears and, spitting, touched his tongue;
34 then He looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, "Ephphatha!" (that is, "Be opened!")
35 And (immediately) the man's ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.
36 He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it.
37 They were exceedingly astonished and they said, "He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and (the) mute speak."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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