HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT. (1)










HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT.

THEME: ‘The healing of the two Blind men’.

BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

 

*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 26:1,4,13-14
Matthew 9:27-31

*LITURGICAL COLOUR*
PURPLE/VIOLET

*INTRODUCTION*
The image of blindness and light connects all of this morning’s readings. In the first reading, the Lord, speaking through the prophet Isaiah declares that ‘the eyes of the blind will see’. The responsorial psalm declares that ‘the Lord is my light and my help’.

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*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
In the gospel reading Jesus restores the sight of two blind men. Most of us have reasonable sight, at least when we wear our glasses. Yet, even when we can see with our eyes, we are probably aware that there are areas of blindness in us as well. Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, we can be blind to the Lord’s presence to us, especially in times of great loss and pain.We fail to recognize him, even though he is journeying with us.

*CONCLUSION*
We can be blind to each other too; we can fail to notice each other, to receive one another fully. Jesus received the two blind men in the gospel reading; he engaged them in conversation; he showed great awareness of them. He saw them, in that attentive sense. He sees each of us in the same way. He is very aware of us; he engages us in conversation; he responds to our cry for help. Our calling is to grow in our capacity to see the Lord in the way he sees us, and to see others as he sees them.
May God bless us all, through Christ our Lord.

 

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