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Friday, first week of Advent

December 5, 2008

Blessed Friday!

Jesus, our Lord, save us from our sins.
Come, protect us from all dangers and lead us to salvation,
for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen
(Opening Prayer from today’s Mass)

Isaiah 29: 17-25 (the blind and disadvantaged will rejoice; evildoers will be cut off)
Psalm 27: 1, 4, 13-14 “The Lord is my light and my salvation”
+ Matthew 9:27-31 (Jesus heals two blind men according to their faith)

“Lord, I want to see!”

As the world grows darker, we long for the Light God has promised, the Light that shines in the darkness and is not overcome (see John 1:5). But light will do us no good if we are still blinded by sin, still deaf to the Word of God. If our deeds are wicked, we will avoid the light, lest our deeds be exposed (see John 3:19-20)–we will cut ourselves off from all that is true, good and beautiful.

Ever since Adam’s sin, we’re all infected by this blindness, all tainted with evil deeds, and we cannot heal or save ourselves. We must cry out with the blind men in today’s Gospel, “Son of David, have pity on us”, refusing to hide our darkness. Like them, we must pursue Jesus with confidence in His promises: “the eyes of the blind shall see” (Isaiah 29:18). “When you seek Me, you will find Me. Yes, when you seek Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). In our seeking we turn away from the darkness of sin: “Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked man his thoughts; let him turn to the Lord for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving” (Isaiah 55:7).

We follow Jesus to the house where He is staying, to the Church, where He draws from us our profession of faith and lays His hands of mercy on our sightless eyes (especially in Confession). At His touch, our eyes are opened, and with the psalmist, we thrill to gaze on the loveliness of the Lord, to contemplate His temple, rejoicing at His invitation to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives (Psalm 27:3-4). And, like the former blind men and the shepherds, we can’t contain our joy. Everyone must hear what God has done for us!

This new vision, this good news, is the vibrance of Advent…and it just keeps getting brighter!

May we never tire of pursuing the Light, no matter how black our darkness has been.

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