FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FIRST FRIDAY OF ADVENT
3 December 2021
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: 27-30a)
How shall I live this Word?
Two blind men follow Jesus. It is a seemingly strange thing. Two people who do not see physically see, seek, follow, and recognize Jesus as the Lord. They are blind to the things of the world, but they well know who merits being invoked and followed. Many times Jesus passes near us, walks with us, and our eyes are incapable of recognizing Him. What is needed for this search and this cry is faith. Faith is the condition for Jesus to heal, but also the motive that brought them to desire healing. They were not healed because they shared an illness, but because they went to Jesus together.
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The Voice of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Biblist
Jesus proclaims the Kingdom by speaking of the love of the Father and He does it by healing the sick from every infirmity. The Kingdom proclaimed is for the total liberation and salvation of human beings. Ours is an incarnated faith. All that is fully human is assumed and redeemed by Christ.
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