Friday, December 5, 2014

First Friday of Advent: Dare to Believe

“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.’” Mt. 9:28-29

How many of us have gone to the doctor because we felt ill? Some have, and others avoid seeing a physician at all cost.  Faced with self-denial, we refuse to confront our physical or emotional suffering because it is difficult. We often believe that we are healthy with no physical ailment. Yet as Christians, there are many times in our lives we refuse to admit that we are hurt and are broken spiritual vessels. Physically ill, we hasten to seek cures, but we are often hesitant or afraid to seek healing for the wounds of our souls.

There are countless times that I have made mistakes over and over again creating scars on my soul. Fear, shame, and guilt would hinder me from seeking reconciliation with God and myself by not visiting the confessional.  On the other hand, when I do have peace after a heartfelt confession, the enemy would attack with lies that I am unworthy of forgiveness.  Doubts, lack of faith and trust in God hinder me from believing that God forgives and His divine mercy is unceasing.  The men’s faith and hope in Jesus’s act of miracle opened their eyes not to only see visually but it also opened their hearts to spiritual freedom to live life in abundance. Can I have faith like the blind men and believe God has the power to heal my soul and release me from the bondage of sin?

Father, strengthen my faith so that I may believe you are the potter that can make me, a broken vessel, into a new creation.  Lord, help me to be able to surrender my heart, mind, soul, and body to you. “Lord, I believe! But help my unbelief.” Mk 9:24

Reflected by Tuyet Nguyen

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