Homily for December 2, Friday of the I week of Advent
“On that day, the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see”, promises the Lord God through the prophet Isaiah – and the Lord keeps his promises. As the Gospel relates today, Jesus touched the eyes of the blind, and their eyes were opened. But then a question naturally follows: is the Lord’s day over? There are plenty of blind people who still cannot see, whom God does not heal. Is it just a lack of faith that keep us from receiving the benefit of the Lord’s healing miracles?
On one hand, there are still healing miracles happening in the world today. Maybe the fact that there aren’t more is in part due to lack of faith, but the Lord also knows when greater good can come by allowing some suffering to exist. More importantly, I think focusing only on the miracles of physical healing is a mistake. There are other kinds of blindness and healing that are much more profound than this, and which are perhaps closer to our own experience.
To quote the well-known hymn, “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” Christ came above all to bring us redemption and the grace of conversion; healing for our souls, to open our eyes to the truth of the Gospel, and to discover God’s plan in our lives. In the light of Christ, we see the path to God, and all the gifts He has given us. As Isaiah says, when we “see the work of [God’s] hands in our midst, [we] shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob, and be in awe of the God of Israel. Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding.”
In this Advent, may God open our eyes anew to the wonders He has worked for us by coming to earth to be one of us and to redeem us. May He make us His instruments of love and forgiveness, so that others may experience God’s goodness through us this Advent and Christmas.