Friday of the first week of Advent year A

Theme: A compassionate God

In the gospel reading of today, we see how Jesus willingly restored the two blind men. The two blind men went after Jesus for healing, and the moment they proclaimed their faith in God, Jesus restored their sight. It is interesting to note that they both went after Jesus, they did not wait for Jesus to come to them; and their effort was rewarded with healing. Just like the two blind men in today’s gospel, as children of God that are not perfect, we are all in need of his healing and restoration; why not go to him in prayer and present that situation to him.

One of the things that I find very interesting about Jesus is the fact that he does not turn his back on anyone who comes to him with a sincere heart. Let us have faith like the two blind men and take that challenging situation in our life to him for healing and restoration. Just know that no matter what the situation is, he is capable of giving you the answer and solution that you seek.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the season of advent presents us a very wonderful opportunity to retrace our steps and go back to God, as we prepare for the coming of Christ. The more we strive to prepare for the Lords coming, the better Christians we will be and the easier it will be to seek the Lord and find him. Dearly beloved in Christ, as we continue to prepare for the coming of Christ, do not allow your present situation in life to discourage you from going to Christ with faith and trust. In our relationship with the Divine faith plays a very big role towards the growth of the relationship. Often times in the scripture, we see Jesus trying to find out from the people who seek his healing whether they have faith in him. That is why we must always pray for increase in faith at all times.

A good preparation during this season of advent, will give us a good opportunity to be part of the future that the prophet Isaiah is presenting to us in the 1st reading of today. A future that is the desire of everyone, a future that will enthrone Gods presence fully in the hearts of people and love will reign supreme, and there will be joy, peace and unity. Suffice it to say that it is a future that is worth preparing for. May the Lord bless his words in our hearts in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Friday of the first week of advent year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp