“What if the men weren’t blind?”
That’s a thought-provoking question from Father’s homily this morning on Matthew 9:27-31 .
Would the men have even encountered Jesus if they had not hungered to see? With sight, would they have “wasted” long hours on the side of the road, listening with highly-sensitive ears to all the daily gossip and news? They had certainly heard enough about Him to become like Simeon, “full of the Spirit,” rushing to the Temple, crying out “Son of David!” Would the name of “Jesus of Nazareth” meant anything to them if they were “sightfully” out ploughing their fields, or transacting in the marketplace, or guarding the Temple? Jesus, the Son of David, is passing by – How many contemporaries thought (if they even heard): Who cares? Who’s he? I’m busy, I’m occupied. (Ouch. Lord, I am blind to your Presence so often!)
Further recollection from the homily: Jesus asked a direct question: “Do you think I can do this?” How many times do we say, “Yes, Lord, I do believe you can do it, but I don’t see how you possibly can in this situation.” (Ouch again. “ I believe, help me in my unbelief!”)
Then, in the car, Father Simon (Relevant Radio, 640 AM) shared his insights over the airwaves : A miracle is particularly meant for the person who’s healed. It’s great if others observe it and it bolsters their own faith, but the miracle happens in the context and reality of the “little” Church for benefit of the receiver. And why? Out of the Lord’s wisdom and His unique and fathomless love for that one person. The Church is a microcosm, really.
How glorious! The Body of Christ, transcending all human understanding and including everyone of every time and space, an enormous treasure of countless individuals in and of the Kingdom, saints, soldiers, sufferers, angels visible and invisible, covering the universe and beyond. The Body of Christ as micro-cosmos: intense encounters between the Lord Jesus and his precious adopted sons and daughters, each of us, in sometimes miraculous but often “ordinary” situations, bonding Himself and us together tightly in suffering, endurance, mercy and love, and – gifting to us our particular crosses. “He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.” (Eph 1:4)
Fathomable? Not really, but if I sit on the roadside in my soul and intently listen this Advent … Please, Lord, may I always sense when you are passing, and rouse myself to follow and cry out to You.