Friday of the First Week in Advent

Today's Mass Readings


Today our theme of being missionaries and having faith continues. Today we see the miracle of Jesus curing the blind men. Jesus asks 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 the word of him through all that land. This always puzzled me when Jesus tells the men not to tell anyone? Why in the world would you not want anyone to know? But Jesus knows that humility always wins! He says in the Gospel of Matthew, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.” Jesus uses the Father, and the Father works through him. Similarly, we let the Lord Jesus work through us, and we shouldn’t worry about what happens to us or our country or the world. Why? Because Jesus knows the work that needs to be done. We are His instruments. It is up to us to respond to His call.

Reflection by Br. Maximilian Burkhart, OSB

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