The Gospel Today
Friday of the First Week of Advent
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 (Sem. Ernie Sican):
I wonder how the two blind men followed Jesus when they were blind. As it is said, a blind man cannot lead another blind. This means someone or somebody assisted and guided them so that they would be able to come close to Jesus. That is the first point that I would like to emphasize.
We can be an instrument for others to meet Jesus, to have a close encounter with Him in their lives. In whatever situation we are in, we can always guide others to the right path, to the right direction. Sometimes we may wonder how we can be an instrument for other people’s conversion when we are just ordinary people, no voice and power in the society, a nobody in our community, simply striving to live our daily life. Well, it is not a question of having but of being. It is not about us but it is all about Christ. Jesus can transform us according to His will but we need to cooperate. We need to respond to God’s invitation whatever it is. God respects our freedom and He will not force us if we do not want. So we need to give our consent and allow Him to work through us. This leads to the second point of my reflection.
Jesus asked the blind men if they believe He can do it for them and if they wanted to be healed in the first place. It is important to have faith in God, to believe in His power to do what we ask of Him. Sometimes we tend to doubt the power of God. When God does not give what we ask in prayer, we become cold in our relationship with Him. Having faith in God goes beyond the granting of the things we ask for. In fact, even when our prayers are unanswered, faith can still become and remain strong because our relationship with God is not conditioned by whatever we have and received. God is asking us to trust in Him, to depend in Him who is in control of everything even of the impossible. With this let us not be afraid to ask God whatever concerns we have because God cannot be outdone in mercy and He knows exactly what is best for us.