I BELIEVE

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Opening Prayer

As the rain hides the stars, as the autumn mist hides the hills, as the clouds veil the blue of the sky, so the dark happenings of my lot hide the shining of your face from me. Yet, if I may hold your hand in the darkness, it is enough. Since I know that, though I may stumble in my goings, you do not fall. —Gaelic prayer

TEXT

John 9:35-41 CEV

When Jesus heard what had happened, he went and found the man. Then Jesus asked, “Do you have faith in the Son of Man?”

He replied, “Sir, if you will tell me who he is, I will put my faith in him.”

“You have already seen him,” Jesus answered, “and right now he is talking with you.”

The man said, “Lord, I put my faith in you!” Then he worshiped Jesus.

Jesus told him, “I came to judge the people of this world. I am here to give sight to the blind and to make blind everyone who can see.”

When the Pharisees heard Jesus say this, they asked, “Are we blind?”

Jesus answered, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty. But now that you claim to see, you will keep on being guilty.”

 

Prayer of Response

I believe, although everything hides you from my faith.
I believe, although everything shouts No! to me…
I believe, although everything may seem to die.
I believe, although I no longer would wish to live,
because I have founded my life on a sincere word,
on the word of a Friend, on the word of God.

I believe, although I feel alone in pain.
I believe, although I see people hating.
I believe, although I see children weep,
Because I have learned with certainty
that He comes to meet us in the hardest hours,
with His love and His light.
I believe, but increase my faith.

—Brazilian prayer, Livro de Cantos

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