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DEC. 4. ADVENT, WK.1 FRI. (B) Matt. 9. 27-31

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As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting, ‘Take pity on us, Son of David.’ And when Jesus reached the house the blind men came up with him and he said to them, ‘Do you believe I can do this?’ They said, ‘Sir, we do.’ Then he touched their eyes saying, ‘Your faith deserves it, so let this be done for you.’ And their sight returned. Then Jesus sternly warned them, ‘Take care that no one learns about this.’ But when they had gone, they talked about him all over the countryside.


Let there be no doubt; - we are all blind! This follows from the fact we are all creatures and, as a result, we are unable to perceive the truth, as known by God, our creator!


This is the reason God has bestowed on us the gift of Faith, whereby he has provided us with a partial view of the Truth, in order to allow his people to live their lives in accord with that Truth.


Those without Faith are truly blind to truth! How could it be any other way, given that they are creatures? Those with Faith have a partial view of Truth, while those without are totally blind!


The cry of the blind men in this reading is therefore symptomatic of all of us, because we are all blind to some degree, and we all need to be crying out as they did: Take pity on us, Son of David.’


God, our Father, did in fact did take pity on us when he saw our human condition following the introduction of sin into the world by our first parents and, - as a result of Divine Love; - he responded to our plight in a way we, as creatures, could not have imagined or even requested.


He sent his only Son, Jesus Christ; - not only to redeem us and open a way to restore us to God’s friendship; - but to also teach us how to live in accord with truth; - which demanded we acknowledge our Creator, and live in accord with His Will.


This needed a one hundred and eighty degree change of direction, as without any knowledge of our Creator and his will, we were destined to seek out, and follow our own will which is the path to sin and death.


Faith is a very personal gift of God which is why, in the above reading Christ told the blind men, on being granted their sight, not to talk about their new gift of sight, and their deepened Faith which resulted.


This is a characteristic of Faith; - it grows and deepens in accord with how we live it and care for it. A lesson proclaimed by the prophets for many centuries before Christ came among us:


“Happy indeed is the man who follows not the wisdom of the world; - nor lingers in the way of sinners; - nor sits in the company of unbelievers; - but whose delight is the Will of God, and who ponders that Will day and night. He is like a tree planted by flowing waters, that will yield its fruit at the appropriate time, and whose leaves will never fade!” (Psalm 1)


Those who have received this Divine Gift of Faith must truly care for it, via Prayer and Sacrament, while those without it must fall on their knees, as the blind men did, and ask for it!


Gospel Acclamation cf.Is45:8


Alleluia, alleluia!

Behold, our Lord shall come with power;

he will enlighten the eyes of his servants.

Alleluia!


First reading Isaiah 29:17-24

In a very short time time, the deaf will hear and the eyes of the blind will see!


The Lord says this:


In a short time, a very short time,

shall not Lebanon become fertile land

and fertile land turn into forest?


The deaf, that day,

will hear the words of a book

and, after shadow and darkness,

the eyes of the blind will see.


But the lowly will rejoice in the Lord even more

and the poorest exult in the Holy One of Israel;

for tyrants shall be no more, and scoffers vanish,

and all be destroyed who are disposed to do evil:

those who gossip to incriminate others,

those who try at the gate to trip the arbitrator

and get the upright man’s case dismissed for groundless reasons.


Therefore the Lord speaks,

the God of the House of Jacob,

Abraham’s redeemer:

No longer shall Jacob be ashamed,

no more shall his face grow pale,

for he shall see what my hands have done in his midst,

he shall hold my name holy.

They will hallow the Holy One of Jacob,

stand in awe of the God of Israel.

Erring spirits will learn wisdom

and murmurers accept instruction.


Responsorial Psalm Psalm 26(27):1,4,13-14


The Lord is my light and my salvation.


The Lord is my light and my help;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

before whom shall I shrink?


The Lord is my light and my salvation.


There is one thing I ask of the Lord,

for this I long,

to live in the house of the Lord,

all the days of my life,

to savour the sweetness of the Lord,

to behold his temple.


The Lord is my light and my salvation.


I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness

in the land of the living.

Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.

Hope in the Lord!


The Lord is my light and my salvation.


THE LESSONS FROM TODAY


These readings focus very much on looking forward, with Faith, to what God will do for his people; - "In a short time, a very short time, shall not Lebanon become fertile land

and fertile land turn into forest?" - "The deaf will hear - the blind will see!" - "The lowly will rejoice!" - "The poor will exult!"


And what will they rejoice in? Who will bring this about? - "The Holy One of Israel!"


Isaiah is looking forward, with Faith and Trust, to a time when God's people will be freed from all suffering and pain and will be able to live in loving union with their God; - "They will praise the Holy One of Jacob and stand in awe of the God of Israel. Erring spirits will learn Wisdom and murmurers will accept instruction!"


And this theme continues through all the readings; - "The Lord is my light and my salvation; - who will I fear?" - while in the Gospel two people of Faith; - who are blind are cured of their condition; - because of their Faith!


The Church wants us to emulate the state of mind revealed within today's readings; - To have trust in the wisdom and mercy of God; - to deliver us from the temptations and trials of this world; - trusting not in ourselves, or our efforts; - but in the Love of God!


A God who is shortly going to reveal his Wisdom and Love; - via an infant, born of a virgin, in a stable in Bethlehem! He will come among us; - not just to redeem us, by making reparation for our sins; - but also to teach us how our Creator wants us to live!


PRAYER: For the Feast of St Francis Xavier. - A Missionary of the Faith.


O God, who through the preaching of Saint Francis Xavier

won many peoples to yourself,

grant that the hearts of the faithful

may burn with the same zeal for the faith

and that Holy Church may everywhere rejoice

in an abundance of offspring.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever.








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