Posted by: livingscripture | December 4, 2015

First Friday in Advent

From the Word of the Day

“As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, ‘Son of David, have pity on us!’  When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’  ‘Yes, Lord’, they said to him.  Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘Let it be done for you according to your faith’.  And their eyes were opened.”     

(Matthew 9: 27-30)

How should we live this Wordhealing_of_the_blind_man_jekel_t1

 In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah had already prophesied, “And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see.”  We see in today’s Gospel how Jesus fulfilled this divine promise with the healing of the two blind men.  He restores their sight and returns life to the world created by God so we may contemplate its beauty.

There is more.  Before working the miracle, Jesus does something even more prodigious: through a question, He involves them personally; creates faith in them that, as we well know, is the fundamental requirement so that the Savior may work the miracle.  “Do you believe that I can do this?”  They answered, “Yes, Lord”.  Then He touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith”.  Thus, it is faith that opens the eyes of the blind men because in the work accomplished by Jesus, it is not simply the healing of physical blindness, but of the salvation that had totally enveloped them.

How many times is our heart closed by pride, egoism, which closes our eyes as well so that we only see the wrongs done to us, the defects of others, and never their good qualities?  We are blind because our heart is not converted and needs to be opened and saved.  “Create in me a pure heart, O God!” (Psalm 50)

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will beg Jesus to increase my faith so that I may see the beauty and the miracles all around me!

Jesus, open my heart to You and Your love!

 The Voice of St. Clement of Alessandria

 Receive Christ!  Receive the ability to see!  Receive the light!  How can the One who gives light to the darkened mind and opens the eyes of the soul that bring light not be desirable?  Let us cancel out hatred of the truth, which is ignorance; and remove the darkness that impedes sight like the fog does for the eyes.  Let us contemplate the true God, acclaiming Him with these words, “Hail, O Light!”

 

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