God our Father,
you so loved the world
that you gave your only son to free us
from the ancient power of sin and death.
Help us to wait for his coming,
and lead us to true freedom. Amen.
—An Advent prayer
Our four-year-old daughter, who we love dearly, has many talents: sleeping through the night is not one of them. She recently stumbled out of her bed to use the bathroom. As she turned on the lights she suddenly screamed, “My eyes! My eyes! I can’t see!”
She hadn’t yet realized, tearfully begging for mercy as we walked her back to her room, that our eyes take time to adjust when we move from darkness to light.
Perhaps the blind men from the Gospel felt equally startled with their new eyes, or how we feel when something unexpected happens. Adjusting takes time, patience and faith.
As we enter this season of hope, I’m reminded of Ignatius’ spiritual experience on the Cardoner river where he too found his eyes opened. Ignatius realized, as we might pray with today, that God always gives gifts, even if they’re tough to see.
—Jordan Skarr, works at the Midwest province office in Chicago, assisting with programming for pastoral ministries.
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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.