Luke 18:31-43 NRSV
Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
Lord, we shout out to you as members of the apostolic church. Those in apostolic office don’t seem to understand you. Your death and resurrection are not grasped by the stewards of faith – in fact your saving work for us is flung aside by some.
As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.
Jesus, please don’t pass us by. Hear us begging for your healing word to the Anglican Communion.
Open Justin’s understanding as he is called to serve as the Archbishop of Canterbury. By the power of the Holy Spirit, let him do what you did,
+ hearing the voice of the faithful over harsh voices that would silence it
+ calling to your service those who will follow you faithfully
+ healing our spiritual blindness by your word
+ doing works that bring many to glorify and praise God.
We beg this mercy in your name, Jesus, Son of David. Amen.