“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, saying, ‘According to your faith be it done to you.” (Matthew 9:28-29).
Following the pattern of our reading since the beginning of Advent, our first reading today proclaims a prophecy of what was to come and our Gospel passage narrates a direct fulfilment of that prophecy. Today, Isaiah speaks of a time that the deaf shall hear and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see and in our Gospel passage, we read how Jesus cured the two blind men. The first point to take home today is that we can place all our trust in Jesus because He is truly the Son of God, the Saviour of the World, the One who was born to take away our blindness, to cure our sickness, and bring us to true life. Christmas is a yearly reminder that God will never abandon us in all our predicaments.
The second lesson we learn today is the power of our faith. A priest once told a story of a man who was very sick, so much so that his parish priest kept taking Holy Communion to him from time to time. This went on for many years and there was no sign of improvement in his sickness. One day, his children decided to take him to a crusade program organized by a Pentecostal Church and to everyone’s surprise, this man was healed.
What does this mean? So many people touched Jesus, but not everyone received healing like the woman with the issue of blood. It is not our access to Jesus that guarantees what we get from Him but our Faith. In today’s Gospel passage, we notice Jesus asking these two blind men a question: “Do you believe that I am able to this?” Was this question necessary? Yes, of course; to teach us that faith is our access code to receiving great things from God. If the man had believed in the Holy Communion he was receiving, he would have been cured.
It is interesting that even though these men were blind, they followed Jesus shouting: “Take pity on us, Son of David.” They could not see Jesus with their eyes, yet they knew who Jesus was and they kept shouting behind Jesus till He got to the house. Even though they couldn’t use their eyes, they could see with their hearts and they persisted in their prayer. Faith is a light; to have faith is to see things which are hidden from others. Lack of faith (negativity) is a form of blindness.
Our Psalmist today sings of God as our light and our help and in its last stanza, it proclaims: “I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living (in this present life). Hope in him, hold firm and take heart. Hope in the Lord.” Dear friends, keep hoping in God, keep expecting the very best. God is a promise keeper; a miracle worker, an everlasting rock, our Almighty healer. Let nothing cut short your faith.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, deepen my faith in you always so as to receive healing from you. Amen.
Bible Study: Isaiah 29:17-24, Psalm 27:1-14 and Matthew 9:27-31).