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.

The peace of the Lord be with you.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to be blind and then suddenly have ones sight restored. It must be similar to walking from a dark place into a place where there is light. In the dark, things lack definition, color, and vibrancy. With light, things have definition — we begin to see the details of the shape and its form. We see how one thing is clearly different from or similar to another. So it is with the eyes of our soul.

At moments when we are immersed in the darkness, it is hard to see things for what they truly are — to see how things are related to one another, or to recognize the beauty that surrounds us. The darkness also makes it much easier to trip, fall, and get injured.

Advent is a time when we transition from darkness into light. During this time of prayer and preparation may our eyes be healed, may we see things more clearly, and may we walk more confidently in God’s truth.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Friday, December 4, 2020