1st Week of Advent
Psalter: Week 1
Ps 27:1, 4, 13–14
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
1st Reading: Is 29:17–24
In a very short time,
Lebanon will become a fruitful field
and the fruitful field will be as a forest.
On that day
the deaf will hear the words of the book,
and out of the dark and obscurity
the eyes of the blind will see.
The meek will find joy
and the poor among men will rejoice
in the Holy One of Israel.
For the tyrant will be no more
and the scoffers gone forever,
and all who plan
to do evil will be cut down –
those who by a word make a you guilty,
those who for a bribe can lay a snare
and send home the just empty-handed.
Therefore Yahweh, Abraham’s redeemer,
speaks concerning the people of Jacob:
No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
no longer will his face grow pale.
When he sees the work of my hands,
his children again in his midst,
they will sanctify my name,
they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
and stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who err in spirit will understand;
those who murmur will learn.
Gospel: Mt 9:27–31
As Jesus moved on from Capernaum, two blind men followed him, shouting, “Son of David, help us!” When he was about to enter the house, the blind men caught up with him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do what you want?” They answered, “Yes, sir!”
Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “As you have believed, so let it be.” And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus gave them a stern warning, “Be careful and let no one know about this.” But as soon as they went away, they spread the news about him through the whole area.
How could the blind men catch up with Jesus unless Jesus slowed down for their sake? In all likelihood, Jesus heard their shouting, knew their plight, welcomed their desire, and wanted them to catch up with him. And when they did, he tested their faith and trust in him. In response to their proclamation of faith, Jesus healed them.
No handicap of ours can prevent us from reaching Christ. He adjusts to our limitations and waits for us to catch up with him. And when we are struck down by life’s tragedies or paralyzed by fear, he does not merely wait; he walks toward us and meets us where we are. You might have seen the famous picture of Jesus knocking at a door that has no knob. The traditional interpretation goes that Jesus cannot open it from outside; we must open it from inside and welcome him in. That is only half the truth. For, our Savior can walk through walls and reach out to us. Want proof? Ask the disciples who were crouched in fear inside locked doors after the crucifixion of Christ (Jn 20:19).
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