Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 119:17-24, Jeremiah 33:1-11, and Matthew 20:29-34
Blindness was a very common thing in ancient times – Palestine is a sunny, dusty land, and there was no eye protection or eye doctors or glasses. Sometimes blindness was congenital (Jn. 9:1), but often it was caused by later illness or injury. It was a fairly serious thing, because blind people could not work, and therefore could not earn wages. They were therefore reduced to begging. Blindness is also a symbol of spiritual ignorance – often willful. Jesus described the Pharisees as being blind, because although they were certain they understood how to find God, they refused to see the truth and refused to change their minds.
God wants us to heal blindness today – both literal and figurative. We are surrounded by people who refuse to see the truth. Our job is to show it to them with grace and love.
Pray for those who are blind. Ask God to show you where to go and what to do. Write your own prayer.