Friday of the First Week of Advent

One sentence in today’s Gospel tells us a lot about Jesus’ ministry and about our faith.  When the blind men ask Jesus to heal them He says,

“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”

And they’re healed.

Think about what this means.  The blind men were healed because they had faith that Jesus could heal them.  In another passage of Matthew’s Gosple (Matthew 17) Jesus tells us that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we will be healed.  If the blind men didn’t have faith in Jesus, if they just approached Him because they thought he might be able to heal them, nothing would have happened.

Faith is the belief in something that can’t be proved.  As you and I go about our daily lives we have faith in many things.  We have faith that the other drivers won’t run us off the road.  We have faith that the bridge isn’t going to fall.  We have faith that when we go to bed at night, we’ll wake up in the morning.  If we didn’t have faith in something, chances are we wouldn’t get out of bed.  We’d never leave the house.

But what do we do when our faith is really tested?  Are we like the blind men?  Do we put ourselves in God’s hands?  Or, do we have doubts?  Could it be that when we pray we leave open the slightest possibility that God may not answer our prayers?  Maybe that’s why our prayers aren’t always answered.  I don’t think there’s such a thing as “a little faith”.  Either we believe what God tells us, or we don’t.  There can be no middle ground.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that God will give us what we need rather than what we want.  You know how that works.  You ask for “A” and God gives you “B”.  Then it turns out that “B” was more beneficial than “A” could have ever been.

As the great 20th century philosopher Garth Brooks said, “Some of God’s Greatest Gifts are ‘Unanswered’ Prayers”.  As you meditate on God’s word today think of times in your own life where what you got turned out to be more then you asked for.

Have a Blessed Friday!

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