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Matthew 9:27-31

The Word of God

As Jesus went on his way, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith let it be done to you." And their eyes were opened. 

Matthew 9:27-31
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    • Today we might consider how aware we are of our own blindness and our own deafness. We often have difficulty really hearing and accepting the Word of God and how many us can claim that we can see Jesus as he really is?
    • Today we also celebrate the life and faith of Francis Xavier (1506-1552). Like the blind men in the gospel, St Francis Xavier experienced thepersonal touch of God and turned from a life of privilege to a life of service. Let us be encouraged by his famous quote “prayer is powerful …, wonderful works have been achieved through prayer”, and pray that our eyes may be opened too.
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    • Desire is important in life. Knowing what I want, and having energy to pursue it, guide me. The Lord has desires for me, too. These desires can meet as happened for the blind men. Their faith and their need brought them to Jesus. I am invited to do the same, recognising that Jesus can transform my desires to bring them into harmony with his own.
    • What are my deepest desires and how influential are they in living as a follower of Jesus? I pray to be in touch with Jesus’ desire for me, knowing that my blindness can get in the way.
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    • What joy these two men must have experienced in having their sight restored by Jesus. Overflowing with joy they could not help but tell everyone, despite Jesus asking them not to. We also are called to witness to God’s work in our life.
    • We must endeavour to have the faith of the blind men so that in our time of greatest need, we too can call out in the full belief that Jesus is indeed the Son of God and that He will have mercy on us.