IN AWE OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL….

Isaiah 29:17-24

17 Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.
19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.20 For the ruthless shall come to nought and the scoffer cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,21 who by a word make a man out to be an offender, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and with an empty plea turn aside him who is in the right.
22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob shall no more be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale.23 For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.24 And those who err in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction.”

MATTHEW 9:27-31
27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.”
28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.”
29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.”31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

MEDITATION

ISAIAH THE PROPHET foretell that Lebanon a city on the boundary of the promised land, shall become a fruitful place when the “word of the books;” the  gospel will be preached and the darkness of the mind and eyes shall see the light of Yahweh. The work of the accuser, Satan, will come to nought, because Israel will sanctify—worship, revere and make holy— the name of the Messiah. Moreover those who have made mistakes, vacillated and questioned the motives of Yahweh will accept His instructions.

St MATTHEW recount the story of two blind followers who unrelentingly appealed to Christ to heal them, to the extent that both men muscled their way into the house where Christ was to reside. Aware of the request of the two men, our Lord interrogated the motives of credibility of the men who responded with absolute certainty that Christ has the power to restore their sight! With this said our Lord healed and “sternly” charged them, to not publicize their miraculous healing!

These men kept the promise they made to the Lord in so far as they did not exult themselves, instead they pointed those whom they encountered to the house of God where Christ the Son on a daily basis perform miracles of mercy and deliverance! He must increase, but I must decease. Jn 3:30 When the Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated we are less aware of the celebrant priest, because we are awestruck by the miracle that takes place on the altar of deliverance where Christ takes center stage, desiring to enter and transform our lives. Like these men we are similarly called to spread the Good News and invite those outside the Church, to come taste and see the marvels of the Lord!

LET US PRAY:Psalms 27:1,4,13-14

1 A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD!

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

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