Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday of the First Week of Advent

St. Jude Catholic Church, Lakewood, Colorado - my parish!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 9:27-31
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, "Son of David, have pity on us!"  When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they said to him.  Then he touched their eyes and said, "Let it be done for you according to your faith."  And their eyes were opened.  Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this."  But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

Let it be done for you according to your faith.  I can imagine that I would have one eye's sight restored, or some sight, but mostly fuzzy, if healed according to my faith.   But their blindness was healed.  

And then they went out and told everyone - although they had been warned sternly not to by Jesus.  

Is there one person in the Gospels who doesn't let Our Lord down?  As I ponder this question, the only person who comes to mind is Mary.  Everyone else let him down or even betrayed him.  And yet, he went to the cross for them, and us.  Even me.  

I overslept this morning - slept until 5 a.m. instead of my usual 4 a.m. - and I need to be at mass at 6:30 - so I need to skedaddle.  I will endeavor to have faith to have Jesus heal my vision today.


  1. Americans seem to get up really early! I feel quite lazy with my 7.00am start (unless insomnia is staying with me, as she often does)!

    I agree about everyone letting Jesus down in some way. It helps me to remember this when I am in one of my 'poor me' moods. He knows by experience the sadness I might be feeling and offers me His company. How often I ignore his invitation due to being distracted by some fleeting fancy.

  2. I, like shadowlands, have also let Our Lord down. I was thinking about this Gospel today and was struck by the way Jesus often tells his listeners NOT to tell anyone about his His miraculous acts. I know a lot has been written about this so called "messianic secret" and different reasons as to why Our Lord would have wanted this. I think this is probably the historical Jesus echoing across time to our ears. Perhaps there is something deeper going on here related to our salvation. I wonder what this could be and perhaps that is all I am asked to do.

  3. Ros, I wish I could sleep until 7 - I would do it every day. But I just wake up at 4 or 5. I never set an alarm, I just wake up.

    Paul, the messianic secret is beyond my understanding. I will join you in wondering.

  4. I think you're right. All the major New Testament figures except for Mary let Jesus down. But some of the minor ones do not. Lazarus comes to mind, John the Baptist, the three magi. Do you think Joseph (Mary's husband) lets Jesus down? I would say not.

  5. I like this post my friend but why ever would you get up so early in the morning? Way to early for me......:-)Hugs

  6. Thanks Manny. You are right. As I wrote the sentence about everyone letting Jesus down, I thought - surely this cannot be right.