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Friday of the 1st Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 7, 2018

 Friday of the 1st Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 29:17-24 ;

Psalm 27:1,  4, 13-14;

Gospel MT 9:27-31


As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
"Son of David, have pity on us!" 
When he entered the house,
the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,
"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. 
Jesus warned them sternly,
"See that no one knows about this." 
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

 

Experience the True Star 


The drastic change that comes to a person when he encounters and experiences the Messiah is indeed marvelous. The wonderful change foretold in Isaiah may refer to the affairs of Judah, but it points further to the coming of the Saviour. The wilderness was turned into a fruitful field and the fruitful field became a deserted forest. Those who, when in trouble, can truly rejoice in God, shall soon have cause greatly to rejoice in him. The grace of meekness contributes to the increase of our holy joy. The enemies who were powerful shall become mean and weak. He that redeemed Abraham out of his snares and troubles, will redeem those who are, by faith, his true descendents. The Spirit of truth shall lead them to the real truth. God can indeed bring a great change in the hearts and lives of men: the deaf shall hear and the blind shall see; the meek will obtain joy in the Lord and poor shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. The prophecy of Isaiah finds its true fulfillment with the arrival of Saviour.


The changes that are prophesied by Isaiah are echoed by the Psalmist in Psalm 27. The Lord, who is the believer’s light, is the strength of his life; not only by whom, but in whom he lives and moves. In God, the believer finds his strength and courage. The gracious presence of God, his power, his promise, his readiness to hear prayer, the witness of his Spirit in the hearts of his people; these are the secrets of the holy security and the peace of mind of the believer. The psalmist prays for constant communion with God, to seek the face of the Lord and to see the face of the Lord. All God’s children desire to dwell in their Father’s house. Not to sojourn there as a wayfaring man, to stay but for a night; or to dwell there for a time only, as the servant that abides not in the house for ever; but to dwell there all the days of their life, as children with a father. The true believer always desire, pray for, seek after and rejoice in the presence of the Lord, to see the light of the Lord and walk in his ways.

 

The Gospel passage from Matthew illustrates precisely the experience of those who have seen the light of the Lord. At a time when the Jews were expecting the arrival of the Messiah, the blind men knew and proclaimed in the streets of Capernaum that he had already come and that Jesus was the one they were waiting for. Those who, by the providence of God, have lost their bodily sight, may, by the grace of God, have the eyes of their understanding fully enlightened. And whatever our needs and burdens are, we require no more supply and support, than to share in the mercy of our Lord Jesus. Jesus Christ is enough for us. The blind men followed Christ, and followed him crying; but the great question is, “Do you believe?” Nature may make us earnest, but it is only grace that can work faith. Christ touched their eyes. He gives sight to blind souls by the power of his grace going with his word, and he puts the cure upon their faith. Those who come to Jesus Christ shall be dealt with, not according to their imaginations, nor according to their profession, but according to their faith. Authentic faith is the only way to Jesus the Messiah and to experience the light of our lives. As we lit the stars in our surroundings in this Advent season, let us also ask Jesus to strengthen our faith that we may encounter and experience the true Star that is born for us and follow him every moment of our lives.


Dr. Wilson Edattukaran CMI


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