(Day Seven) Daily Lenten Devotional
Wednesday March 8th (Day Seven)
Discern Interior Movements of Healing and Intimacy with God
Healing of the Leper, Mark 1:40-45
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 1:40-45 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 as food for thought:
The faith of the Leper meets the compassion of Jesus and healing occurs. I asked myself, was this both a physical and spiritual healing? The man did disobey Jesus after he was healed by going out and telling others. I am struck by the Lord’s compassion, his willingness to literally touch, and be with, the pain of the leper. As I experience the event it occurs to me that there are a lot of other people, most of whom are paying no attention to the healing, as if they cannot see it. I watch as the leper comes to Jesus. I hear him say “If you choose you can make me clean,” At first I think this is a strange statement. Is he testing Jesus? Is he trying to use him? Is he challenging Jesus? Does he think Jesus may choose otherwise, or maybe even judge him? He might have seen Jesus heal others but questions his own worthiness for Jesus to heal him. It appears that the man has faith in Jesus’ ability to heal him but is not sure of the Lord’s willingness to do so. As I look at Jesus however, I see nothing but compassion. Then I feel deeply grateful that God would come to us in our desperation and pain. I begin to think of my own need for healing. I ask Jesus, “Lord, what in me needs to be healed? Ministry concerns, church issues, family health issues, and a tendency to become jaded to the needs of others when I judge them to be working the system, manipulating, or taking advantage of the church, come to mind. I find myself praying to be compassionate like Jesus.