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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

December 03, 2010

For Friday of the First Week of Advent

Matthew 9:27-31

The two blind men were following the Lord and shouting at him a name for the Messiah: “Son of David.”
So far in this Gospel, the only one to speak that name was the angel who came in a dream to Joseph the husband of the pregnant Virgin Mary, calling Joseph, “son of David.”
The Gospel does not say who told today’s blind men that the Lord Jesus is the Messiah, Son of David.
Even though they are blind, these two men already see something others have not yet seen, told, or come to believe.
Today the Son of David did not answer the two blind men as they followed him and shouted for his merciful attention.
They had to catch up with him after he entered a house.
He, without greeting them, asked straightaway, “Do you have FAITH that I am able to do this?”
When they said, “Yes, Lord,” he reached out, TOUCHED their eyes, and said, “Let it be done to you according to your FAITH.”
They already had the sight of faith.
Now he has given sight to their bodily eyes by the willing touch of his bodily hands.
He also comes to heal us of sin that blinds our spirits and prevents us from seeing the face of God.
He heals us by being wounded and slaughtered for our sins.
His body is broken.
His blood is poured out.
He offers himself up as the ransom of the sons and daughters of God.
Now, whenever we eat his flesh
and drink his blood, we tell of his death until he returns in glory.
This banquet is not spiritual ONLY.
His flesh is REAL food, even to the everlasting good of our BODIES.
His blood is REAL drink, even to the everlasting good of our BODIES.
As for the blind men today, so also for us in his Eucharist!
Today in his Gospel, Christ asks for and grasps the FAITH of two blind men.
Having received their spirits, he stretches out his hands also to touch and heal their bodies.
Having professed their faith, their bodily eyes are now open.
Their first sight is the face of Christ.
Today the Psalm said, “this I seek ... that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord.”
As we wait in hope, watching for the loveliness of Christ’s return, we join the voice of the Church in her Eucharistic worship.
Every tear will be wiped away.
On that day we shall see you, our God, as you are.
We shall become like you.
[From the funeral version of Eucharistic Prayer III]

Healed from the blindness of sin and death, we shall be one with God whom we shall love, know and see FACE TO FACE as he really is.
Now, especially in Advent, we watch for that day, hoping that the salvation promised us will be ours, when Christ our Lord will come again in his glory.
Until our eyes open to that day, we call out for its coming even by the faithful prayer of two blind men, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

That God Be Glorified in All


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