Readings for Friday of the First Week in Advent: Isaiah 29:17-24; Psalms 27; Matthew 9:27-31
"But they went away and spread his fame through all that district." Matthew 9:31
Jesus, in today's Gospel reading, miraculously restores sight to two blind men. As he often did after performing a healing miracle, Jesus told the two men not to tell anyone. "See that no one knows it," He "sternly charged them." (Matthew 9:30) But, as was also often the case, the two men didn't follow his instructions, and told anyone who would listen what Jesus had done for them.
Certainly there are reasons why Jesus told the recipients of his miracles not to tell anyone about them. His "hour had not yet come," as he sometimes said. But as He was God, Jesus had to know that, like the two blind men, most of the people he healed would "spread his fame" anyway. Really, how could they not? If you were blind, and a man--with the simple touch of his hand or words from his mouth--opened your eyes to sight, wouldn't you tell it to the whole world? Posting in on Facebook and Twitter, telling your co-workers, the waiter at lunch, even that homeless guy on the corner every morning?
Those two blind men were desperate to tell people about Jesus because they realized He had given them a gift that they did not deserve, and for which they could never repay. This quote from G.K. Chesterton comes to mind:
The whole secret of the practical success of Christendom lies in the Christian humility, however imperfectly fulfilled. For with the removal of all questions of merit or payment, the soul is suddenly released for incredible voyages.
Shouldn't we have that same sense of humility and gratitude every second of every day, with the same desire to share with the world the reason for our hope? For Jesus has restored our sight too, but in even a more spectacular way. He has opened our eyes to the light of His Truth; given us the gift of faith; given His very self in suffering death so that we might have eternal life with Him. Once we accept that gift and truly come to realize its magnitude, we simply cannot keep it to ourselves. Go out this Advent and share it. Incredible voyages await.
God love you.