IS 29:17-24, Psalm 27, MT 9:27-31
Everybody has a little blindness that needs to be healed. Jesus gave sight to two blind men in today’s Gospel reading, but their blindness was only physical. They were not blind to the fact that Jesus had the power to heal them. You and I may be able to see with our own eyes, but sometimes we can suffer with a greater blindness than those in the Gospel story, due primarily to the distractions of daily life. Daily preoccupations can block our sight to the call of Jesus that is taking place right under our noses.
Being mindful, a characteristic of an Everyday Steward, allows us to see more clearly the world around us. We become less likely to miss the times when Jesus crosses our path disguised as others in need. Being mindful means we focus on the present and take in all that is around us. It is easy to become preoccupied with thoughts of the past or worries about the future. But with practice and commitment, we can become more fully aware of all that God has given us and has in store for us each day.
Daily Advent Challenge
Reflect on the blind spots of faith in your life: those areas where you have a hard time seeing the presence of God. It can be in a place, person, or situation. Pray for healing so that you may see and be blind no more.
Reminder: This is also the First Friday of the month. Many parishes have Eucharistic Adoration or special devotions on this day. It could be a great addition to your Advent.