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. Ramon C. Jamora, Jr.)
Would you believe that there is blindness in all of us? In one way or another, it is true! There is always something that blinds us. Imagine ‘something’ between you and another person. Even if you are not physically blind, you are blinded by that ‘something’.
What causes our blindness in today’s time? I feel that the most pressing blindness in all of us now is the misuse of technological advancement. We spend more time tapping gadgets and pads. We have more time spent with our ‘phab’ (phone and tablet). But there are still more than gadgets and pads that blind us. These are only external blindness.
There other forms of blindness in us which are most difficult to cure, our pride, selfish ambition, and indifference and they continue to move us away from seeing the needs of others. These forms of internal blindness prevent us from seeing our responsibility toward others. These hinder us from relating with others.
Today’s Gospel teaches us how to be healed from our blindness. The two blind men simply approached Jesus and asked Him to cure them. It is this simple. Yes! Simply go to Jesus and be healed from your blindness. Receive Him in the Eucharist, confess to Him, spend time with Him in adoration, and be with Him through others. Have a blessed day! May you be healed!