FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT DECEMBER 4, 2020


MASS READINGS:


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



REFLECTION: “Son of David, have pity on us!”


Imagine living in the time of Jesus. Jesus was merely walking home and two blind men cried out for pity. They were poor, fumbling and falling.


But a simple prayer was all they said! The Jesus Prayer--- “Son of David, have pity on us!”


Jesus, our God, stopped with that simple prayer.


He knew exactly what they wanted . He asked if they truly believed. “Let it be done to you according to your faith.”


And their eyes were opened.


Do we have any blind spots that keep us from recognizing God’s power and mercy?

Have we asked God to remove our suffering? Jesus shares all with us except sin—our fear, grief, illness, sickness, betrayals and hardships.


He shares in our sufferings and misfortunes as if they were His own.


We are so comfortable with what we have received, that we have forgotten that all that we have does not belong to us. We have the gift of faith, believing Jesus is the Son of God, made man for our salvation and redemption. And that He can do all things.


Faith opens the way for us to see His mighty power. Jesus never refuses God’s mercy to those who seek Him.


How many unanswered prayers have led us to a different path, one intended for our faith to grow? We receive His unfailing love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness in both answered and unanswered prayers.


This day let us cry out to Him: “Son of David, have pity on us!”


Recite the Jesus prayer continuously, Breath in, hold it, breath out a little and say “Jesus” hold your breath and then let it out, saying “Mercy”. Repeat as many times as we can. Jesus will stop and hear us.


May we see God’s shining light in our lives.!!




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