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, the blind beggar Bartimae'us in the reading below was a man who was not about to let an opportunity pass him by, especially a once in a Lifetime opportunity. He knew who Jesus was and what He could do for him. When Jesus and the crowd walked by Bartimae'us, he was able to yell above the crowd in order to get Jesus' attention. Instead of disturbing the peace, he had to disturb the crowd and was unrelenting in his desire to capture the attention of Jesus. Bartimae'us knew Jesus could do anything and was the one person that could help him "receive his sight". Jesus was pretty much known for doing two things at once, so teaching and healing in the same moment were very common for Him. I find it double-interesting that Bartimae'us used the word "receive" instead of the word "have". As Jesus walked by, Bartimae'us was not about to let this opportunity pass him by. Instead of dreaming, waiting, wondering or thinking about what it would be like to be healed by Jesus, Bartimae'us seized the moment and received his opportunity. Bartimae'us showed Jesus his persistant Faith and in return Bartimae'us received his sight. Thank You Father for this wonderful example of persistant Faith and seizing opportunity, especially a once in a Lifetime opportunity.
Through Jesus Christ's Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. ~Amen
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging;
36 and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant.
37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38 And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
40 And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to Him; and when He came near, He asked him,
41 "What do you want Me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight."
42 And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well."
43 And immediately he received his sight and followed Him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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