Homily for Friday of the 1st Week of Advent Year A
Theme: Measure of Faith
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Friday December 6 2019
(Mt. 9:27-31) Friday of the First Week of Advent
In today’s Gospel, Jesus healed two blind men. He asked them if they believe Jesus could heal them. For Jesus, the measure of their faith will be the measure of their healing.
In truth, God already knows what we need. But we still need to let God know what we want. God will not violate the free will He had given us. He will not just provide us without our consent. St. Augustine put it well: “God created us without our consent but He will not save us without our consent.”
Further, the depth of the faith matters.This means that, indeed, there are levels of faith. Healing, miraculous ones, need deep faith.
Thus, we have to develop that deep faith in God. Not only for miraculous healing purposes, but for our salvation. The miraculous healing are external signs of God’s power.
“A miracle is a phenomenal or supernatural event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers, and more often than not cannot be explained by the laws of nature. God never operates contrary to His Word or to the laws of nature which He has established, but He has the prerogative to supersede them. Instantaneous healings always constitute a miracle.” (ShareFaith)
We have entered Advent. The Gospel today reminds us to advance in our relationship with God. Developing and deepening our faith are the best direction and goal throughout this season of spiritual journey.