Advent 2014

First Friday in Advent - December 5th

Is 29: 17-24 / Ps 27: 1, 4, 13-14 / Mt 9: 27-31

At first glance, today’s readings are about moving from darkness to light - helping the blind to see. 

“And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see”
“The LORD is my light and my salvation”
“Behold, our Lord shall come with power;
he will enlighten the eyes of his servants” 

For me, the readings today are much more about faith and the courage that comes along with it.

“The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?”
“Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted,
and wait for the LORD”

The power of faith is most prominently displayed in today’s Gospel. The passage tells the story of two blind men who are transformed.  But the transformation is achieved not solely through the power of Jesus. It is achieved because of their faith.

“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.

Were the men actually blind or were they spiritually blind? Both? I don’t think that it matters.  What matters is that they believed and that this belief brought about their transformation. Much like the subjects of this passage, we, too, receive according to what we believe this advent season.

Tom DeMarco
Office for Residence Life