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FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT DECEMBER 3, 2021 MEMORIAL OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER



A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mt 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 warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.


REFLECTION

But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.


The blind men shouted "Son of David, have pity on us!" They followed Jesus into the house and it was not until they were alone with Jesus that He asked them "Do you believe I can do this?" And upon hearing their "yes" they were healed with eyes opening. And with this new love, confidence and faith in the Lord, they went out and spread word of Him through all that land.


Their encounter with Jesus began in public but it was not until they were face to face with Jesus that the miracle happened. He knew what they wanted and He knew their faith.


St Ignatius Loyola tried over and over again to teach Francis Xavier about Jesus. At last after many years, the conversion of Francis Xavier happened. And from there he proceeded to India catechizing. He worked tirelessly spreading the word of Jesus through all that land, working day and night for the salvation of souls. He was cofounder of the Jesuits.


And like St Francis Xavier, Jesus meets us one on one. It is His timing. We are told to go out and make disciples of all whom we meet. Because we want to go to heaven we have a desire to share God and His salvific actions. We are so filled with joy that we spread the good news as St Francis Xavier did in India.


Thought for the day: Never cease to cry out for help. Pray perseveringly. God works in private with each and every one of us. Have confidence in asking, believing that He can do all. Yes, when we are down and feel hopeless this might be all we can manage: a cry for help. And once God opens our eyes, may we then go out to the world proclaiming His praises.


God Bless You

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