Posted by: livingscripture | December 5, 2008

December 5, 2008 First Friday of Advent

From the Word of the Day


Have mercy on us, Son of David!.

  (Matthew 9,27)


How should we live this Word

“Two blind men” follow Jesus as He passes.  Usually the Gospels show us Jesus seeking out the other, taking the first step.  Here the situation seems the reverse.  The resurrection of the dead girl has enthused the crowd which now surrounds Him.  He seeks to distance Himself because He does not want to nourish their expectations that have nothing to do with faith.  This intention is stressed in the admonition he gives to the blind men once He has healed them.


Unknowingly, the two blind men personify the masses who are incapable of seeing the light, accustomed as they are to the darkness.  They have the light at hand, but they are unaware of it.  They ask for prodigies, but do not feel the need  to ask for the miracle that can open their eyes.  This is not true for the two who do not resign themselves to letting the Teacher pass by without first having received  the grace to see.  They follow Him and do not tire of imploring Him, even as He enters the house.  They do not fear to be indiscreet, to go too far.  The desire for the light is stronger than everything else.


We see them at Jesus’ feet. He asks them a seemingly rhetorical question for two blind people.  He asks because He wants to bring them to reflect, to question themselves, to let their authentic need, hidden behind their blindness, emerge.  It is the heart that needs to be illumined and then all will be immersed in light.  This is why Jesus leads them to make a profession of faith.  Thus the light breaks into their darkness even before their eyes are opened.  This is the Light that we need today in order to dissipate the shadows that surround our society with heaviness.  This is the Light that Advent urges us to desire and to implore for ourselves and for everyone.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will close my eyes, immersing myself in darkness.  I will experience the discomfort of not seeing, of not being able to move easily.  I will recognize that even in my heart, there remain zones of darkness that do not allow me to think, to fee, to act in full conformity with the Gospel.  I will cry out:


Son of David, have mercy on me, on us, men and women of a century that still has great need of Your light.


The Voice of Ephraim the Syrian


The Light came into the world to give sight to the blind and faith to those who have it not.

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