Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Advent Reflection: Matthew 15:29-37

First Week of Advent – Matthew 15:29-37

The opening scene of today’s Gospel is Jesus walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. After a time, He went up on the mountain. A multitude of people followed Him. When Jesus finally stopped and sat down, the people came bringing the sick, the lame and others with all sorts of illnesses and diseases. When each of these individuals approached Jesus, He quietly healed them. He didn’t make a “big to do” about it. He simply had compassion for them.

Naturally the crowds were astonished when they realized that the mute were talking, the blind once again were able see and the lame were walking. Just imagine what a wondrous experience this would be.

All of us are in need of healing! What is the healing you desire? How would you respond if Jesus did heal you?

In today’s world, there may not appear that many miracles are happening. We know that it is rare for a person who has a serious disease or illness to be cured. Yet if we look with eyes of faith, if we look deeply, we may see the miracles that happen every day. They may be small miracles and yet what a gift they are!

We all are lame or ill in some way. Today may we bring our request, our longing for healing, to Jesus. May we pray for eyes to see and hearts to trust Jesus!

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