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Friday, first week of Advent: Supernatural Sight

December 2, 2011

Blessed Friday!

Stir up Your power, we pray, O Lord, and come,
that with You to protect us,
we may find rescue
from the pressing dangers of our sins,
and with You to set us free,
we may be found worthy of salvation.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(Opening Prayer from today’s Mass)

Readings:
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)

It’s dark out there.

Not only does Brother Sun take something of a vacation this time of year,
but we’re surrounded (and infiltrated) by the darkness of sin,
the breeding-ground of misery made fertile by the self-seeking use and abuse
of our fellow man (and ourselves).

If we limit ourselves to natural vision (physical or spiritual)
we find ourselves blind as bats (worse, really–at least they can “see” via sonar).

Jesus is coming to remedy that.

delivered from shadow and darkness,
the eyes of the blind will see
-Isaiah 29:17

Yes, He gave the gift of natural vision to the blind men who pursued Him
but that was after He’d already given them supernatural vision,
after they’d come to see Him with the eyes of faith as the Light of the World
(see Matthew 9:27-30).

Sometimes the blind see better than those with natural sight.

Jesus remarked on this shortly before His crucifixion,
when the Pharisees protested His healing of a man born blind:

I came into this world to divide it,
to make the sightless see,
and the seeing blind.
-John 9:39

When the Pharisees protested that they weren’t blind, Jesus replied,

If you were blind
there would be no sin in that.
‘But we see,” you say,
and your sin remains
-John 9:41

If the eyes of our soul cannot see God, cannot recognize Him for Who He is,
then natural vision becomes a handicap.
It tempts us to put our hope in ourselves instead of in Him.

That’s called pride.
It’s the root of all sin.
It’s the root of darkness.

The good news is that we don’t have to lose our natural vision
in order to gain supernatural vision.
We don’t have to go blind in order to be holy,
in order to be happy.

The two men who’d just regained their natural sight
didn’t lose their supernatural vision.
They beheld Christ with the eyes of faith as surely after they’d been healed as before–
and became instant evangelists, proclaiming Him all over the countryside!

They weren’t putting their hope in themselves.
They weren’t looking out for themselves.
Their focus was on Him…and on benefiting others with the gift they had received
(see Matthew 10:8).

Wait for the Lord with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord
-Psalm 27:14

That’s what they had done.

The meek shall increase their joy in the Lord
and the poor men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel
-Is 29:19

That’s what they were doing.

That’s humility.
It’s the root of all holiness.
It’s the source of light.

How about you?
How’s your supernatural vision?
Are you stout-heartedly waiting for the Lord?
Are you rejoicing in the Holy One of Israel?
No matter how dark it becomes,
may Christ be your light.

For those who may be protesting that the former blind men disobeyed Jesus’ command, note that Jesus’ focus was on the blind men’s faith. He was impressed by it and worked through it, but didn’t want them bragging about it. And they didn’t. They didn’t talk about themselves. They proclaimed Him.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 11, 2011 9:34 pm

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