Advent is a time of waiting and expectation, of new beginnings and prayerful watching, with eyes open for the coming of the Lord into the midst of his people. Each year we make this Advent journey with the familiar companionship of the joyful vision of the prophet Isaiah, a vision of renewal and restoration. This is a vision that is only available to us when “out of the gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see” (Is 29:18).
Jesus makes this happen when he opens the eyes of two blind men who cry out to him, “Son of David, have pity on us” (Mt 9:27). As with many of the healing stories in the gospel of Matthew faith here plays a central role, and Jesus confirms this, saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith” (Mt 9:29).
As soon as Jesus touched their eyes they were healed. The physical blindness of the two men who cried out to Jesus points to a deeper spiritual blindness which afflicts those who lack the deep faith they exhibit. As we enter more deeply into our Advent journey let us place ourselves in the stance of the two blind men who follow Jesus and cry out with them, “Have pity on us” that our eyes be opened and our faith renewed.
Can you reflect on the witness of the blind men and their confidence in Christ’s power to heal?
Let Us Pray:
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you present among us in our brothers and sisters.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)