Catholic Men’s Daily Devotional and Bible Study – 1st Week of Advent – Friday – Matthew 9:27-31
Following the summary of His Gospel in the comprehensive Sermon on the Mount, Christ descended from the mountain and began to teach and heal. After raising a young girl from the dead and healing a women with a hemorrhage, Christ encounters two blind men as He passes by. Being blind was particularly difficult in those days for the blind had little option but to beg for alms (meaning, “pity or mercy”), monies given by Jews to their poor and destitute.
The blind men cry out to Jesus for mercy, calling Him the Son of David, a reference to the long-awaited Messiah. Christ passes them without a word and enters a house. Persistent, the blind men follow Christ into the house. Christ, knowing the men are seeking to be miraculously healed and not asking for money, first tests the men’s faith, asking, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Confirming their belief that He is the Messiah, they say “Yes, Lord.” Christ simply touches their eyes and they gain sight; He credits the gift of healing to the blind men’s faith.
Christ sternly instructs the men not to reveal that He has healed them, knowing many mistakenly believed that the Messiah would be a political leader who will overthrow the Roman occupation; Christ seeks to avoid confrontation for the time being. Defying Christ’s order, the men are so moved by their miraculous healing, they can’t help but speak about this supernatural miracle that has radically changed their lives. The men’s testimony about their miraculous healing by Christ spreads throughout the area.
Awed by Jesus Christ – Son of David, Christ is the long-awaited Messiah who comes to establish a new kingdom. Son of God, Christ reads men’s hearts and inner thoughts, discerning their true faith and worthiness to receive miracles. Divine Physician, Christ has the power to miraculously gives sight to the blind by a simple touch of His hand.
Being a Heroic Catholic Man
1) Despite the advances of technology, most types of blindness remains incurable. Marvel at Christ’s absolute power to fix broken eyes with a simple touch of His hand.
2) Serious trials come to every man; strained or broken relationships, financial pressure, excessive demands at work, addictions to substances and sex, etc. During Advent, turn to Christ with the faith of the blind men and persistently pray for Him to have mercy on you.
3) Advent is a time of mysterious power in the Church as the Body of Christ anticipates the Incarnation. Starting today, read the Gospel from the daily Mass and pray for Christ to help you to enter into the great blessings of Advent.
Spiritual Practices – Include in Today’s Prayers
Sacred Mystery of Rosary – The Sorrowful Mysteries
Daily Devotion – The Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ
Virtue of the Day – Faith
Corporal Work of Mercy – To visit the sick
Spiritual Work of Mercy – To forgive all injuries