Saturday, April 2, 2022 | Mark 9:14-29
Questions: A Guided Prayer Exercise
Settle and take a deep breath–in and out. The consistent stress in our lives and many numerous demands can distract us from encountering God. If to-do lists, anxiety, or responsibilities fill your mind in the silence, offer them up as a prayer asking Jesus to hold all those things and draw near to you.
When you are ready, read today’s passage from the Gospel of Mark. If any words or phrases stand out to you, jot them down in your journal or pause and sit with them for a few moments. Ask the Lord what they are might be communicating to you.
Why was the crowd chasing after Jesus? What might Jesus be feeling or thinking? Can you remember a time when you identified with the father in the gospel: “I need you to do something, anything, God…I believe, but help my unbelief!”
Reflect on this poem by Christina Rosetti. Read the poem as a call and response. Each question is asked by someone on a journey, but still not quite sure where they are going. Each reply is given by someone who has already traveled to the final destination and returned to guide the pilgrim along the way. What questions do you have for God?
Up-Hill by Christina Rosetti
Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.
But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.
Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.
Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.