December 7 – Friday
Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Gospel: MT 9:27-31
Meditation: Are there any blind-spots in your life that keep you from recognizing God's power and mercy? When two blind men heard that Jesus was passing their way, they followed him and begged for his mercy. The word mercy literally means "sorrowful at heart". But mercy is something more than compassion, or heartfelt sorrow at another person's misfortune. Compassion empathizes with the sufferer. But mercy goes further; it removes suffering. A merciful person shares in another person's misfortune and suffering as if it were their own.
God shows mercy to those who recognize their need for his forgiveness and healing.
When two blind men approached Jesus, he questioned their earnestness. "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" Jesus put them to the test, not to rebuff them, but to strengthen their faith and trust in God's mercy. He touched their eyes, both to identify with their affliction and to awaken faith in them. Their faith grew as they responded to his word with confident hope. Jesus restored their sight – both physically and spiritually to the reality of God's kingdom. Faith opens the way for us to see the power of God’s kingdom and to experience his healing presence in our lives.
Prayer: (all together)
Father, thank You so much for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I know that Your hand of favor is upon me. Touch me now and heal me physicially and spiritually. I surrender every area of my heart and mind to You. Amen