As you prepare for this retreat, pause for a few moments to set aside all distractions. Take three long, deep breaths. Remember that you are in the loving presence of God.
When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" Jesus said to him, "You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he." He said, "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him.
The conclusion to the story of the man born blind gives much food for thought. The man who is physically blind at the beginning of the story not only gains his sight but also gains insight with regard to the identity of Jesus. He calls Jesus a prophet, a man from God, and finally Lord. Even in the face of being rejected by his community, the man born blind took a stand when he said, "I do believe, Lord." When the story ends, he is the one able to see the true identity of Jesus. One unsolicited encounter with Jesus was all it took for him to believe. His affirmation of faith moved him to worship.
What things do I see more clearly because of my faith in Jesus?
What areas of my life might prevent me from deeper faith?
(Speak to Jesus, using these words or words of your own.)