Friday 04th December
Jesus’ power over our blindness
  • Isaiah 29: 17-24
  • Psalm 27 : 1, 4, 13-14
  • Matthew 9: 27-31

There is a blindness resulting from sickness which obscures vision and is remedied by the passage of time. There is also a blindness caused by following humans. From this we may know that when one is cured who has been blind from birth it is not a case of skill but of power. The Lord gave health, and he used no medicine, for the Lord healed those that no one else could cure Isaiah told of a time when out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. This prophecy of blindness being cured is seen clearly in the scriptures.
In a little while a change we could never imagine happens. The lowly will find joy and the poor will find happiness. Why? Because of a Presence that even a blind man can sense, because it was a Pres¬ence, they had been waiting all their lives. ‘Have pity on us!’ The Lord Jesus took compassion on us that he could call us to himself, and not scare us away. He comes as someone gentle, someone humble. (Saint Ambrose) This is exactly how he comes into our lives today. We are engrossed with a world that has blinded us. The Lord is our light and our salvation as the psalmist proclaims.
Many years ago, I too was blinded with the world’s standards of living life. It was a false sense of the need to achieve perfection in every¬thing I did. But the Lord in his mercy and love had to penetrate my blindness and the foundations I had steadily built came crashing to the ground. I realised how blind I had been to the Lords call to discipleship as I was busy building my own castles in the air in a material world , and clung to a goodness that emerged from self- righteousness and judgement, while I kept the Lord in a cage to be revered when I needed his consolation. He opened my eyes to the powerful truth that He is alive and his word is. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all other things will be added unto you.( Mathew 6:31) This word was an eye opener. Just as his spittle cleanses so does His word. Advent is a great season to prepare ourselves to welcome him into our lives. The word made flesh!

Prayer: Abba Father, we thank you for your unconditional love in our lives!Amen.

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