My dad had many one-liners he would say repeatedly when we were growing up. He was so broke, he couldn’t afford the down payment on a free meal. He would yell at a pitcher while watching a ball game on TV – “That clown couldn’t hit the ocean standing on the beach!” or “That guy couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn 10 foot in front of him!”. My Grandma Hilbert had a favorite – she was going to slap us to sleep and then slap us for sleeping. But I think the one my Dad used quite often that most appropriate for today is that he was blind in one eye and couldn’t see out of the other.
I believe we are all blind at some point in our life; some of us may never truly see what is important. Two men in our Gospel this morning were blind. But not blind enough that they didn’t recognize Who it was that could truly heal them…
“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.
So what is it that you are blind too? What is it that you truly need to ask the Lord when crying out “Son of David, have pity on me; Son of God, here my plea”? And are you prepared to reply when asked do you truly believe that He can do this? Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord.
Do something great for our Lord today…ask Him for that healing you need. Ask him to cure you’re blindness; your cancer; your vices; whatever it is that keeps you from fully loving yourself, your neighbor and your Savior. Be ready to say YES LORD and then let Jesus say…“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
Happy feast of St. Nicholas. Did you remember to put your shoe out? My family didn’t so St. Nick had to improvise – Mary, only one of those is for you – Ruth gets the second.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You. Jesus, I have faith in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.