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