(Day Six) Daily Lenten Devotional
Tuesday, March 7th (Day Six)
Discern Interior Movements of Healing and Intimacy with God
Healing the Paralytic, Mark 2:1-12
Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving, healing gaze come over you. Offer yourself completely to God.
Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
Read Mark 2:1-12 five times very slowly. The time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought:
I am one of the paralytic’s friends. It occurs that the paralytic’s name is Shlomo. One friend suggests we bring Shlomo to Jesus. I say let’s give it try. I was both my modern self, and Shlomo’s friend, so I knew what was going to happen. We traveled quite a long way, and of course ran into crowds, which reminded me of a modern day traffic jam. As we pressed on, we found our way to the roof top above where Jesus was preaching. We dug through the roof, lowered Shlomo and then heard Jesus say “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Some gasped. It struck me how present Jesus was to all that was going on. He spoke to those who questioned him in their hearts, or were whispering among themselves, as if they yelled out their indignation for the Lord’s words of forgiveness upon Shlomo. Jesus responded by healing Shlomo physically, both as a demonstration of his power and his authority to forgive sins. Jesus seemed to get bigger as he healed our friend. By this time we had made our way down, so as to be standing next to Jesus. I could feel the Lord’s power moving throughout the place. I am standing in a place between the two me’s, one living today and one living in the day of the event. I know who Jesus is. As I stand silently next to him, all I can utter is, “My Lord and My God.” Jesus looks me in the eye and says, “Follow me.” I, along with others, followed. Then Jesus seemed to expand, into a light that enveloped us as we walked.