As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, “See that no one knows of this.” But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.
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Matthew gives us two blind men desiring sight to see. Jesus asks them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” This question sticks with me: “Do you believe that I can do this?”
As a blind man I would respond: “I believe, Lord, but sometimes life’s challenges and my faith don’t always align. How do I find you so I may see you inside the blindness I am experiencing?”
Preparing for the Messiah requires us to ready our eyes for sight and, if we can see Christ in the past, then we can anticipate his presence in our future. During Advent I want to renew my faith, hope, and love in Jesus, but how?
Take a moment to look back over the past year; recall three instances that started off rocky and then became smooth, I bet we can recognize Christ there.
—Damian Torres-Botello, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.
Restore my sight, Lord,
So I may see you,
In the stable and beyond.