• Olivia M. Bannan

FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT DECEMBER 7, 2018


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 9:27-31

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 waned them sternly, " See that no one knows about this."  But they went out and spread word of him  through all that land.  The Gospel of the Lord.

REFLECTION: "Do you believe that I can do this?"

Sometimes life rolls up like a wave.  We don't know when we are going to get hit. You cannot pick the  moments that change your life. They pick you.  It is during these times that we most need our faith in God. 

Were the men  blind since birth, were they blind as a result of an accident or did they lose their sight with aging?  Or were they spiritually blind or mentally blind and stubborn in their sinful lives?  Were they prepared to meet Jesus when he walked by?  They certainly had heard of him as they referred to Jesus as the Son of David, and they certainly knew where he was when they approached him at the house entry.  

They did not ask for compassion,   sorrow nor money  for their plight.  Their  prayer was one of mercy --and Jesus saw their souls and answered them. The Son of Man  shared in their misfortune and in their suffering. He knew what was wrong with them and knew how to heal them. He just had to hear it from them-" Do you believe I can do this?". " Yes, Lord", they replied. 

Many times we are given second chances.  God's plan is for our salvation.  Many times, if it is His will, He can fix that which was broken or put right what we got wrong. God has the power to save from death and destruction, to forgive sins and remove guilt, and heal illnesses. 

Do we believe that God can help us? Do we believe that God is love and mercy?  The blind men had faith and hope that  they would be physically  and spiritually  changed by God.  They saw the reality of the Kingdom of God. They saw the power of God and they experienced his healing. God has the power to set us free to live as his children. Faith is the key to this transformation. 

God may delay or deny our prayer requests, but He will never disappoint our trust.  NEVER.

And what do we do when we have received  God's mercy-- with a humble heart we thank Him, we praise Him and shout from all the rooftops how great God is!!

" In my dreams I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free."  Psalm 118.5

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