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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If I were in Jesus’s presence, how would I respond? Like the blind men, would I follow after him? Would I cry out for his mercy and healing?
I ask God for their courage, so that I too may follow Jesus. I ask God for their hope, so that I too may see the light in the darkness. I ask God for their faith, so that I too may trust that what I ask for will be answered.
Would I also share in their response? Could I be so overcome with joy and gratitude that I would also be unable to keep silent even when asked?
Our journey through Advent will lead us to the manger where we find the infant Jesus and kneel humbly before him. May we share in the prayer of the blind men: Yes, Lord. I do believe you are able to do this.
—Joe Nava is a math teacher and 2002 graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.
O Christ Jesus
When all is darkness
And we feel our weakness and helplessness,
Give us the sense of Your Presence,
Your Love and Your Strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
In Your protecting love
And strengthening power,
So that nothing may frighten or worry us,
For, living close to You,
We shall see Your Hand,
Your Purpose, Your Will through all things.
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