Friday of the First Week in Advent
Malvern Minute

 

Friday of the First Week in Advent

December 6, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Nicholas (270-343) Patron of Fishermen

Isaiah 29:17-24

Psalm 27

Matthew 9:27-31

One of the most difficult things to get used to when driving a car is to be able to adjust your side view mirrors in order to see who is in your “blind spot.”  Especially if you are driving at a significant speed and try to change lanes when, indeed there is someone there, in your blind spot, and you don’t see them.

There are other types of blind spots in our lives.  The one I’m referring to is the one that keeps us from recognizing God’s power and mercy.  Faith opens the way for us to see the power of God’s kingdom and to experience His healing presence in our lives.  So then, what does the word “mercy” mean?  Literally it means “sorrowful heart.”  But mercy is something more than compassion, or heartfelt sorrow at another’s misfortune.  A merciful person shares in another’s misfortune and sufferings as if it were their own.  Think of the people in our country and around the world who have suffered during natural disasters, acts of terrorism, religious persecution, or the compassion we share with the family of a sick child.

In the person of Jesus we see the fullness of God’s mercy and the power of His kingdom.  It is the power that saves us from death and destruction and to forgive our sins in order to lift the burden of our guilt.  As in today’s Gospel Jesus never refused to bring God’s mercy to those who earnestly sought it; and neither should we. 

How then can we seek and obtain God’s mercy?  God gives mercy to the lowly in heart and to those who recognize their need for God and for His forgiveness and healing power.  Today, Jesus restored the sight of the two blind men.  He restored their sight both physically and spiritually to the reality of His kingdom.  As the two men left Jesus, “They set out and spread word of Him through all the land.”  This is also our mission!  We too must spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the land.  Our Lord would not mind one bit. 

Question of the Day:  in what way(s) do you spread the news of the mercy and forgiveness of God?

Prayer:  Merciful Father, grant mercy to all who call on Your gift of reconciliation.

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