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Healing

December 6, 2013

Reflection

 

Today's Gospel is taken from Matthew Chapter 9, Verse 27-31

 

This chapter of Matthew is all about healing.  Verse 27-31 speaks about the blind men who were following Jesus on the road asking Him to have mercy on them and restore their sight. Jesus asked them if they believed He could do this.  Because the blind men had faith in God, He touched their eyes and they could see.  Jesus then warned them not to tell anyone about this miracle but the men went out and told everyone they saw.

Quite often we have occasions in our lives that need healing (i.e. This could be physical, financial, mental, etc.). We have to believe that Our Lord has the power to do ALL things, but he will provide what you need, not necessarily what you want, at the moment.  Personally, God has saved me from death on two occasions.  I don't know the reasons why, but I believe He has bigger plans for me.
 

Thought Questions


When you pray for healing, do you have faith in God?
Do you believe that our God will answer our requests in His time and not necessarily when we want it?
What was the last thing you prayed for and Jesus answered?
 

Prayer


Heavenly Father, You know everything I need. I know that the healing I pray for will be granted in Your time. So I thank you for all that I have.  In your Son, Jesus, name I pray.  Amen

 

By Cleonia Abron

 

Readings

 

Reading 1 IS 29:17-24

 

Thus says the Lord GOD:
But a very little while,
and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,
and the orchard be regarded as a forest!
On that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a book;
And out of gloom and darkness,
the eyes of the blind shall see.
The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,
and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the tyrant will be no more
and the arrogant will have gone;
All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,
those whose mere word condemns a man,
Who ensnare his defender at the gate,
and leave the just man with an empty claim.
Therefore thus says the LORD,
the God of the house of Jacob,
who redeemed Abraham:
Now Jacob shall have nothing to be ashamed of,
nor shall his face grow pale.
When his children see
the work of my hands in his midst,
They shall keep my name holy;
they shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob,
and be in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding,
and those who find fault shall receive instruction.

 

Responsorial Psalm PS 27:1, 4, 13-14

 

R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?


R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.


One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.


R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.


I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.


R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

 

Gospel MT 9:27-31

 

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
“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.

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Comments

Paulette  |  Inglewood  |  December 9, 2013  |  1:16 AM

Since the beginning of Advent, I have had encounters in the strangest places, the freeway. It is amazing what you hear when you close your mouth. I know God talks to me! Faith is surrendering,following blindly,believing. I enjoy my talks with God


Fr. Bill  |  here  |  December 7, 2013  |  12:32 PM

What I noticed was that it was two BLIND men who were healed. Vision, the ability to "see and to recognize" is what jumped out at me, this year, as I read the text. What "healing" does it take for us to see the Divine peering out at us through another's eyes? Each human being created by God, each with the "Divine stamp," a portion of the Eternal Spirit--and we so rarely see it in ourselves or anyone else. The two men in the Gospel, today, were healed in order to SEE the Christ. I know I need that healing, too. 


sara trujillo  |  St Agatha  |  December 6, 2013  |  8:45 PM

This on line retreat is awesome!!!!


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