Daily Reflection for Friday, December 03 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Isaiah 29: 17-24
Responsorial: Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Gospel: Matthew 9:27-31
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” Matthew 9:29
On this first Friday of Advent, we focus on the coming of Christ into the world We rejoice because of our beliefs, our hope, and our faith. This season, our Lord is saying, “Be watchful,” “have faith,” and “believe.” He wants us to rid ourselves of spiritual blindness—to be attentive. Enjoying the beauty and meaning of Christmas requires us to be able to see spiritually and not be blinded by other events.
At a recent Sunday Mass in a retirement community, the priest announced the Mass’s intention was for parishioners who had recently passed. At that moment, books fell off a shelf in the back of the church with a loud boom. The priest, never at a loss for words, commented, “Thought we lost another one.”
To the future, we are blind. We have no idea what goodness or calamity is just a heartbeat away. The falling books could easily have been a stricken parishioner. As we live, we prudently prepare for events with a living will, insurance, and orderly finalization of our earthly accounts. For Christians, there is another step beyond this corporal preparation.
Just as the blind men, we believe; we live by faith and not by sight. As Christ said to the blind men, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” We believe and have faith that God is with us all the days of our lives. We may wake up worrying about illnesses, financial straits, and just the fog of events all around. To us, everything seems to hurdle along faster—a month passes like a week, a season like a month; but we know that the Lord is with us today, tomorrow, and forever.
We must take solace that like the blind men given sight into the darkness, God is with us every step of the way.
Dear God, thank You for our physical sight. Keep us alert and watchful, and help us to share the joy of Advent as we see You in others.
Blessings to All,
Dorothy and Carlos Alexander