I will make the effort to pray
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Lord Jesus, I come to you once again in prayer. Even though I
cannot see you, my faith tells me that you are present. You are ready to listen and desire to speak
with me. Your presence gives me hope, because you are the all-powerful God, the creator of heaven
and earth. You are the source of all that is good in my life. Nothing happens to me without your
knowing and permitting it. My hope leads me to love. I want to be one with you in mind and heart,
identifying myself with your will and your standards.
teach me how to be alone with you. Help me to encounter you.
1. Away from the Crowd:
Why does Jesus take the
deaf man off by himself away from the crowd? Jesus wants to be alone with him, away from the noise
and activity of the crowd. He wants to be able to communicate with him in silence and solitude.
Jesus invites me also to go away from the crowd, away from the activity and noise of life, away from
other people and distractions, in order to pray. Jesus invites me to be alone with him so that he
can reveal himself to my soul and heal the impediments that keep me from communicating his love and
truth to others.
2. The Human
Effort to Heal:
Many times in the Gospel, Jesus works a miracle with a mere word. But
sometimes he performs miracles with a physical act, as in this case, when he puts his finger into
the man’s ears and touches his tongue with spittle. What are we to make of this? What can we learn
from it? Many times, our healing requires a human effort. Action must be taken. We are not purely
spiritual beings, but body and spirit woven into one. So our physical side plays a part. We kneel to
pray. We go into the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We make an effort to read Scripture. We do
all of these physical things so that our entire being, both body and soul, can be healed of sin and
grow closer to Christ.
The fruit of this encounter with Christ and of the effort that Christ
makes is clarity –– plain speech. The fog of imperfection is removed and the deaf-mute begins to
speak with the clarity and the forcefulness of truth –– so much so that the people are astounded. If
I have truly encountered Christ, the fog that veils my mind and muddles my speech will be removed.
The double-edged sword of God’s truth will shine through my words and actions so much so that people
will be astounded.
Lord, I want to be your disciple. I want
your truth and
shine in my life. Open my intellect so that I
can perceive your truth as it really is. Soften my
heart to love you with a pure love
hearts of those around me. Strengthen
my will to choose you and your ways steadfastly.
I will make the effort today to set aside some time to pray away from
the business of life.
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