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Friday, first week of Advent

December 2, 2005

Blessed Friday!

Readings:
Isaiah 29: 17-25
Psalm 27: 1, 4, 13-14 “The Lord is my light and my salvation”
+ Matthew 9:27-31

Lord, I want to see!

The darkness is so great, and it lasts so long; the sun has become a slugabed who goes to bed so early, and rises late. Even when he makes his daily rounds, often he hides, bashfully, behind a veiling of clouds. I feel so blind. I want to see.

“And in that day…, out of darkness and obscurity the eyes of the blind shall see.” (Isaiah 29:18)

“Then He touched their eyes, saying ‘Let it be done to you according to your faith.’ And their eyes were opened” (Matthew 9:27)

Again we read a promise and a fulfillment of the promise that points to a greater fulfillment. Isaiah tells us that the eyes of the blind shall see. Jesus, fulfilling that promise, touched the eyes of the blind and restored their vision. But there’s more to sight than colors and shapes. The Pharisees protested Jesus’ healing of a man born blind because it happened on the Sabbath. In response, Jesus said, “For judgment have I come into this world, that they who do not see may see, and they who see may become blind.” When the Pharisees replied “Are we also blind?”, Jesus replied, “If you were blind, you would have no sin. But now that you say ‘We see,’ your sin remains.” (John 9:39-41) Sin blinds us. To not see Jesus for who He is, is the greatest blindness of all. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me does not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) He came to take away our sin so that we could see. He came to give us the light of truth by which we could see everything aright. He came so that we wouldn’t have to hide in darkness anymore (“I was afraid…so I hid” Genesis 3:10).

But we can still choose to hide. When the blind men came crying out after Jesus, “Have pity on us, Son of David”, He didn’t stop and heal them right away. He let them follow Him to the house, and asked them if they really believed He could heal them. Even when He touched their eyes, He said, “Let it be done to you according to your faith.” He gave them several chances to reconsider, to count the cost (Matthew 9:27-29). Vision brings with it a whole new way of life. More is expected from the one who has been given more (Luke 12:48). These men would now have to learn to work for their daily bread; they couldn’t be beggars anymore. Having received the touch of the Master’s hand, their lives would never be the same physically or spiritually.

The same is true of us. The Presence of Jesus reveals our blindness, makes it easier to recognize just how different our vision is from God’s. “What? Were you born in a barn?!” isn’t a compliment to us. But that’s where the King of Kings entered the world. He saw that it was a palace fit for a king because love was there. We think so often of Jesus as a poor man because He didn’t have much money, but He knew that the greatest wealth is in love, in holiness. He was born into the richest family that ever lived! We can only see that when He opens our eyes, when He invites us to see the world through His eyes. That’s really what He came to do, to make us one with Him so that we could see through His eyes. That will only come to perfection in Heaven, but He empowers us to start practising now so that we can get better and better at it in the meantime.

May we take the risk of letting Jesus open our eyes so that we can truly see.

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