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DAILY MEDITATIONS FROM BISHOP BARRON
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First Friday of Advent

Friday, December 6, 2019

Matthew 9:27-31

Friends, today in our Gospel two blind men beg Jesus to heal them.

Blindness in the Bible is very often a symbol of spiritual blindness: the incapacity to see what truly matters. Focused on the worldly goods of wealth, pleasure, power, and honor, most people don’t see how blind they are to the truly important things: giving oneself to the grace of God and living a life of love. If you have not surrendered to the grace of God, you are blind. How wonderful it is, then, that these men in the Gospel can cry out to Jesus in their need.

They are, of course, making a petition for physical healing, but it’s much more than that for us. It’s asking for that one thing that finally matters: spiritual vision—to know what my life is about, to know the big picture, to know where I’m going. You can have all the wealth, pleasure, honor, and power you want. You can have all the worldly goods you could desire. But if you don’t see spiritually, it will do you no good; it will probably destroy you.

Reflect: What worldly attachments are most often blocking your spiritual vision and your willingness to surrender to God’s grace?


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