As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, “See that no one knows of this.” But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
My daughter loves Advent. She is twelve years old, and has had this sweet little devotion to the Holy Family since she was about four. Every year, she makes a new nativity set out of clay, complete with angels, shepherds, kings, sheep and cows. For this reason, Advent is very special to me.
Advent is also a time of new beginnings. It is the start of a new liturgical year. In today’s Gospel, Jesus restores sight to two blind men. Talk about a new beginning! Besides being able to physically see, they gained insight. They see who Jesus really is. And while Jesus warned them not to tell anyone of this miracle, they told everyone what happened.
Today is a day to think of our own blindness. When have you lost faith? When have you failed to see God in all things? Thankfully, God is forgiving and can restore your sight. This can be your new beginning. During Advent, let’s listen to the Word of God with understanding and acceptance.
–Mrs. Mary Michalski is a counselor at St. Louis U. High.
God our Father,
you so loved the world
that you gave your only son to free us
from the ancient power of sin and death.
Help us to wait for his coming,
and lead us to true freedom. Amen.
—An Advent prayerPlease share the Good Word with your friends!