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. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land. ( Matthew 9:27-31)
There is more in today’s Gospel than meets the eye! What we have is not just the restoration of the blind men’s physical sight. They have gained in-sight. They can really see. They can see who Jesus really is, the Word of God, the Action of God and they simply have to share that experience with everyone else. It is not something that they can keep to themselves.
It is significant that the story that follows this is about the healing of a man who cannot speak.
There are several instances of Jesus healing deafness and blindness in the Gospel. As disciples of Christ we need to be able to see and understand the message of Jesus and then we need to be able to share our faith and live our faith.
Today is a day for us to reflect on our own blindness and our own deafness. We often have difficulty hearing and accepting the Word of God and how many of us can claim that we can see Jesus as he really is? If we are to celebrate Christmas properly, we must learn how to listen to God’s Word, with understanding and acceptance, and learn how to see deeply into the meaning of his life for us. And it starts right there with the baby in the stable.
Prayer of The Day
Almighty and awesome God, you are glorious, and you have chosen to reveal that glory with both power and compassion. Please use your Spirit to give me a heart of compassion and to show me how to live a meaningful Christian life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Faith is a gift freely given by God to help us know God personally, to understand his truth, and to live in the power of his love. It must be linked with trust and obedience and freely submission to God.
Faith opens the way for us to see the power of God’s kingdom and to experience his healing presence in our lives.
Advent is a powerful time for prayer: a time for petition, and especially for the professing of faith. May this time of Advent allow us to discover our own areas of spiritual blindness and ask with faith for healing from Jesus.