Friday, December 7, 2018

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” - C.S. Lewis: (1898 – 1963: was a British writer and lay theologian)

Gospel Text: (MT 9:27-31)
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
"Son of David, have pity on us!"
When he entered the house,
the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,
"Do you believe that I can do this?"
"Yes, Lord," they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
"Let it be done for you according to your faith."
And their eyes were opened.
Jesus warned them sternly,
"See that no one knows about this."
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

We know well the stories.  We know how He healed the blind and the lame.  Sometimes it took a simple word or no words at all, a mere look or touch from Christ.  Sometimes He used mud or water, but oftentimes he used nothing.  Sometimes He touched those whom He healed, while other times He healed from far away.

One thing is clear in these stories: Christ only heals those who want His healing.  We forget that too often.  We forget that Christ only heals those who believe in Him, who trust Him, who want to be healed.  We forget how He reacts to those with great faith, and also how He reacts to those with little faith.  We forget how, in our own lives, we embrace or reject Christ.  God does not make us love Him, since coerced love isn’t love at all.

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