1st Friday of Advent, Courage To Wait

“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’  When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’  ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied.  Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you’; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this.’  But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.”  Matthew 9:27-31

     Two blind men follow Jesus, calling out to him.  Once inside the house they approach him, but He has a question for them.  “Do you believe I can do this?” “Yes, Lord.” they said to him. (Matthew 9:28)

     While probably only a moment, the interim must seem like eternity to them.  They are blind; they cannot see his face to read his reaction.  The air is thick with anticipation, thick with hope; they can only wait.

     What relief they must have felt as he touched their eyes saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” (Matthew 9:29)  Because they had the faith to approach, and the courage to wait, their eyes were opened.

     We must pray for increased faith, but we must also pray for the courage to wait for our answer.

Advent Prayer: Jesus, increase my faith, and grant me the courage to wait for your answer.

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