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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 3, A.D. 2004

Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
Matthew 9:27-31

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Let it be done for you according to your faith."

Jesus heals the blind every day. When I was wandering through the world of religions, thinking that all were pretty much the same and everything was pretty much a path to God, Jesus healed me of that delusion. The path of destruction is wide and that of salvation is, paradoxically even wider, though seemingly very narrow. Jesus is that path--broader, more extensive than anything in the universe, and at the same time narrow and straight.

Jesus heals the blindness - heals the blind heart that refuses to see what it does to others. He opens the eyes of those who cannot see their brothers and sisters in the people who surround them.

We are all blind in one way or another. We are all lost and lame and hurting. Jesus is there, if we call on Him and believe in Him to heal us. He will help us to be well physically. But more importantly, He will teach us to love, generously, overwhelmingly, powerfully. Jesus loves us from blindness to blinding sight and then He love us into action.

But there is a catch: He does so only if we believe in Him and believe that He will do so. We must believe in Him unquestioningly and completely, trusting all that we have and all that we are to Him. And it is part of our blindness that we can't see the goodness of what He has in store for us.

So in this Advent season, let us pray for sight that we may see and greet His coming, as Christ the Risen Lord, and as Christ the new-born babe.

- JuandelaCruz
(sriddle415 at yahoo dot com)

Lives of the saints:

Friday of the First Week of Advent
St. Francis Xavier, priest

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