Saturday, January 26, 2013

90 Seconds of Prayerful Meditation

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"And as they [Jesus and His disciples] went out of Jericho, a GREAT CROWD followed Him. And behold, there were two BLIND MEN sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that JESUS was passing by, they cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"

The crowd REBUKED them, telling them to be silent, BUT they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"

And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “WHAT do you WANT me to do for you?” They said to Him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." And Jesus IN PITY touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and FOLLOWED Him." (Matthew 20:29-34)

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The words two easily-overlooked blind beggars called out to Jesus as He passed them by on His way to Jerusalem, begging Him for help despite being told to keep quiet, have become one of our most beloved prayers: "Kyrie Eleison" (Greek for "Lord, Have Mercy," accompanied by a Latin pronunciation). Jesus paused along His was to heal them, but little did those lepers and beggars know that the LORD was already having mercy on them before they even saw Him. He was, after all, on His was to Calvary for them. For us.

I don't know about you, but sometimes 90 seconds is all I have, at least in a row. And sometimes, that's all it takes for our wandering perspectives and priorities to return to their rightful places. For those times, here is a brief rendition of the Kyrie. You'll find this same chant in our liturgy today, 2000 years after it was first spoken to our Lord. It's only appropriate that we cry out these same words when 90 seconds seems like too much to spare, lest He pass us by and we fail to notice His mercy whether He stops to heal us or not. And if someone tells you to be silent, just cry out all the more.
Suggested verse to repeat if it's a difficult day is the Kyrie.
PRC buddies, remember to breathe!
"Lord, have mercy. -------> 5 count inhale
Christ, have mercy." -------> 5 count exhale

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