December 4: Christ Restores Our Sight

Published December 4, 2015 by Unprodigal Daughter

Friday

Whew! We have almost made it through our first week of Advent. I am sure your schedule is filling up quickly. It seems as though it is more difficult to be mindful and prayerful the closer we get to Christmas. We allow ourselves to be blinded by trivial distractions and rushing.

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I just want to get through the holidays”? When we wish for a special liturgical season to be over, that is how you know we are succumbing to spiritual blindness.

That is where Christ should come in. If we can only offer to him a minute or two of prayer each day, it is still helpful for our spiritual growth. Slowly, our eyes will open, and we will see others like Jesus sees others–with love.

The more time we dedicate to our relationship with Jesus, the more joyful our Advent and Christmas seasons become. The stress, parties, shopping and eating eventually seem inconsequential. Slowly, we will learn to simply be–be with others and be with Christ.

Many people say, “Let’s put the ‘Christ’ back in Christmas!” The easiest starting point for this idea is to seek spiritual insight through prayer.

Opening Prayer

May the Lord Jesus touch our eyes, as he did those of the blind. Then we shall begin to see in visible things those which are invisible. May he open our eyes to gaze, not on present realities, but on the blessings to come. May he open the eyes of our heart to contemplate God in Spirit, through Jesus Christ the Lord, to whom belong power and glory through all eternity.

(taken from http://www.catholicity.com/prayer/prayer-for-insight.html.)

Daily 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.

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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.

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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.

 

(taken from the USSCB website.)

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In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals the blind men so that they may once again see. This Advent season, allow Christ to give you spiritual insight in an unexpected way.

Additional Activities

Many people enjoy Jesse tree crafts as an Advent activity. The purpose of the Jesse tree is to reflect on all Salvation history, from our first parents all the way to Christ. If you are not crafty and Jesse tree activities do not appeal to you, another way you can reflect on Christ’s family history is to read about it. This is a list of scripture passages relating to Jesus’ family:

Adam & Eve: Genesis 3:1-24
Noah: Genesis 6:11—9:17
Abraham and Sarah:
Genesis 12:1-7, 15:1-6
Isaac: Genesis 22:1-19
Rebecca: Genesis 25:19-34; and 27
Jacob: Genesis 28:10-22; 32:25-31
Rachel and Leah: Genesis 29:15-30
Joseph: Genesis 37:3-4, 17-36; and 
50:15-21 or Genesis 37:1—45:28
Moses: Exodus 3:1-15; 20:1-21
Rahab: Joshua 2:1-21
Joshua: Joshua 6:1-20
Deborah: Judges 4:1-16
Gideon: Judges 7:1-8, 15-20
Samson: Judges 13:1-5; 15:14-17
Ruth: Ruth chapters 1—4
Hannah: Samuel 1:1-20, 24-28; 2:18-20
Samuel: 1 Samuel 3:1-19; 16:1-13
David: 1 Samuel 16:1-16
Solomon: 1 Kings 3:4-15
Elijah: 1 Kings 19:3-13; 2 Kings 2:1-5, 9-13
Jonah: Jonah 1:1-17; 2:10; 3:1-3
Isaiah: Isaiah 9:1-6 and 11:1-9
Ezekiel: Ezekiel 37:1-14 and 24-28
Esther: Esther 2:17-18; 3:8-15; 4:7-16; 7:10
Daniel: Daniel 1:1-4; 6:1-28; 7:13-14
Malachi: Malachi 4:1-6
Elizabeth: Luke 1:5-25
John the Baptist: Luke 1:57-80
Joseph: Matthew 1:18-25
Mary: Luke 1:26-38, 39-56 and 2:1-14

Closing Prayer

May the Lord Jesus place His hands on our eyes
that we may begin to catch sight
of the thing that are not seen
more than the things that are seen.

May He open our eyes
that they will alight on the things to come
more than on the things of this age.

May He unveil the vision of our heart
that it may contemplate God in spirit.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ
to whom belongs glory and power for ever.

Amen.

(taken from http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english5/p03034.htm.)

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