Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
1st Reading: Isaiah 40:21-31
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
“Those who wait for the LORD” consider a time in your life when you waited. What were you waiting for? What was it like to wait? How long did you have to wait? Was it worth the wait? Did you learn anything about waiting in the process? What are you waiting for now? How is God involved in your waiting?
“Those who wait for the LORD...(wait for it) shall renew their strength.” Consider a time you felt small and insignificant. What was it like? Consider a time you felt strong. What was the source of that strength? What did you do with the strength you found?
“Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles.” Feel the initial pull as you mount up with wings of eagles, feel your feet leaving the floor. Feel yourself climbing into the sky. Feel yourself in flight, the weightlessness of your body, the movement through the air. Look at the world around you, the world below. What do you see? What do you experience? Where will you go with this new freedom? Where might it take you?
“Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary.” You find yourself running now. Feel your heart beating as you move swiftly. Feel all your cells fully alive. Where will your feet take you? Normally that would be limited by your energy, but your energy is coming from the source of all life and energy—from God. You are realizing there is no limit, no weariness coming. Instead you find you have the means to get from where you are now to your goal without becoming tired.
“Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” And so you slow to a walk. Before, you were moving too fast to take in the world around you. But now you slow down and you see the beautiful world around you. You smell the rain, the cut grass, the leaves decomposing, a whiff of smoke from someone's chimney. You hear the sounds of children on a playground, some music coming from a car nearby, a dog barking. You see other people on their journey. Some are weary and tired. Some need your help. Others are discovering a boundless energy like you, and picturing where they'd like their walk to take them. Since you find you can walk endlessly you have the freedom to choose anywhere you'd like to walk and the meaning of each step, the gift that each step can be to you or to another person. Each step is an awakening, an opening to the freedom that God offers. Each step an increase in awareness of God's healing power for you, for this earth, and for the people around you. Where will your next step take you? And the one after that? And the one after that?