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Friday, First Week of Advent

December 4, 2009

Blessed Memorial of St. John Damascene! (look for his biography in a neighboring post)

Lord, may the prayers of St. John Damascene help us,
and may the true faith he taught so well
always be our light and our strength.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You 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, we want to see!”

Wolves in sheep’s clothing have been pulling the wool over our eyes.
No wonder things seem dark and gloomy!

If we’re going to preserve our peace,
to guard our gates, we need to be able to see!

God promises us vision…but He expects us to seek it,
to pursue Him like the two blind men, crying out after Him,
“Son of David, have pity on us!”
When our pursuit leads us to His house, to His Church, He asks, ”
Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord.”

In this “yes” is true vision, the sight of the soul.
In this trust, this faith, blind eyes pierce the deepest mysteries.
They see that God is all-powerful,
that He can and will supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19),
that nothing is too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:17).
The restoration of physical sight, marvelous as it is,
is almost an anticlimax.
Pharisees with perfect physical vision exclaimed,
“You are not calling us blind, are you?”
to which Jesus replied,
“If you were blind there would be no sin in that.
‘But we see,’ you say, and your sin remains” (John 9:40-41).

What chilling words: “your sin remains.”
These are the ones, alert to do evil, who will be cut off.

It was to preserve us from this tragic fate
that Jesus has allowed us to experience our blindness,
to feel our need for Him.
In leading us to His house (where we may gaze upon His loveliness!),
and calling forth our faith,
He has given us more than we could have known to ask for.

In this season of darkness,
there are many things that make it hard to see Jesus,
hard to see His power, His plan, His love for us.
Let’s pursue Him, seeking Him everywhere and in everything (He’s there!),
following Him to His Church.
That’s where He lets us catch up to Him.
That’s where He personally speaks with us, touches us, and heals us.
That’s where we really begin to see.

Yours in hot pursuit,



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