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Friday, first week of Advent

December 5, 2014

JMJ


Blessed Friday!

Entrance Antiphon:
Behold, the Lord will come
descending with splendor to visit His people with peace,
and He will bestow on them eternal life.

Collect:
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.

Readings:
Isaiah 29: 17-24 (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)

There is a fallen “vision,”
stolen,
severed from its end
that cuts us off
from God and others
–and ourselves.

Then the eyes of both were opened,
and they knew that they were naked.
~Genesis 2:7 (Adam & Eve)

It is a “vision”
that has roots
in faith in self.

If you were blind, you would not have sin.
But now that you say, “We see,”
your sin remains.
~John 9:41

This is the basis
of the tyranny
of men.

God cuts it off,
replaces it.

And their eyes were opened
~Matthew 9:30 (blind ones)

At the touch of Jesus,
eyes are kindled into sight
that we might know Him,
love Him,
serve Him,
follow Him with all our might.

This vision
has its roots
in faith in God.

“Do you believe
that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord”
~Matthew 9:28

The sight for which we must cry out
is holy,
drinking in
His loveliness.

Is my faith faithful?
Am I willing to make a nuisance of myself to God to beg for the blessing of gazing on His loveliness?

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