October 28, 2018
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Grateful Along the Way
Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Lining the walls of the museum at the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico was something I had never seen before. Subsequent research revealed that they are actually a common sight in Latin America and some parts of Europe, but that day, they were new to me: ex-voto paintings.
I knew of ex-voto charms and plaques and even blue and pink ribbons left in chapels in gratitude for new life, but I'd never seen this--small primitive hand-painted scenes depicting how the prayers of the sick, the injured and the imprisoned had been answered. They were at once charming, raw, honest and so expressive of deep gratitude, I couldn't help but pause, examine my own life, remember answered prayers and the healing grace of God--and follow him on the way, grateful.
Lord, thank you for all you have done for me.
- Amy Welborn
Jeremiah 31:7-9|Psalm 126:1-6|Hebrews 5:1-6|Mark 10:46-52