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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Many of us are tempted to hide our wounds, pain, and brokenness. Our shame may run deep. We may wonder: If people really knew the things we’ve said and done and thought… if they really knew us, would they love us?
This story shows Jesus healing in a very particular way. He heals not with a look or with words but with touch. Touch requires closeness. Jesus does not keep them – or us- at arm’s length.
Our God is the God of the incarnation, our God is a God of intimacy.
As we prepare our hearts this Advent, I invite you to pray with me: What is the pain in your life that you’d like Jesus to touch? What is the pain in our world that you’d like Jesus to touch?
—Lauren Hackman-Brooks is a Chaplain in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago – Health Sciences Division and serves on the Board of Directors at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House.
Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Touch the parts of my life and our world that are hurting. Amen.
—Adapted from the Jesus Prayer by Lauren Hackman-Brooks
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