The Proclamation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew
 And as Jesus passed from thence, there followed him two blind men crying out and saying, Have mercy on us, O Son of David. And when he was come to the house, the blind men came to him. And Jesus saith to them, Do you believe, that I can do this unto you? They say to him, Yea, Lord.  Then he touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith, be it done unto you.  And their eyes were opened, and Jesus strictly charged them, saying, See that no man know this.
 But they going out, spread his fame abroad in all that country.The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
MEDITATION: In the Gospel for this Friday, we are told that Jesus Christ was followed by two blind men who wanted to be healed by Him from their lack of sight. Jesus asked them when they approached Him, “Do you believe that I can do this?” We can behold that this is a question of faith of God in us and God’s faith on our faith in Him; anticipated healing that is to come to the two blind men and is waiting for an affirmation from these two who prays to have sight, to which they answered, “Yes, Lord.” They put their faith on the Eternal Word that if they believe in this Eternal Word and on His words that bring healing and salvation, they will be freed from their affliction. And it so happened. As the Eternal Word touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done to you according to your faith”, their eyes were opened. They were healed by the touch of the Eternal Word and His words and their faith in Him, their faith that God will show mercy to them and save them. We can deduce here that our faith changes us, and if not, then something is wrong with us. Our faith in God and in His words changes us or transforms us. For our faith is solidly leaned on the Lord, and if according to God’s will and want, will be a chance for the Lord to change us or transform us.
Faith is a two-way traffic. The other road is our faith in God. Our Advent or arrival towards God is a cry of us to be changed and transformed by Him. While on the other road is the faith of God in us. God’s Advent or arrival of Him for us is a question for us if we want to be changed or transformed by God according to our faith in Him. Therefore, it is really a two-way traffic of faith. Of course it is important to have faith in God but most important here is the faith of God in us and the faith of us in God’s faith in us. Faith opens our eyes to the Light which is the Eternal Word Jesus Christ, and the Light opens our eyes because of our faith. If our Light is Jesus Christ in the midst of gloom and darkness that surrounds us, to whom shall we fear? To whom shall we be afraid of?
The two blind men whom Jesus Christ healed were not blind anymore. When their eyes opened, Jesus Christ warned them strictly that they should see to it that no one should know about what had happened between them. This warning of our Lord is very peculiar and funny. I know that God knew from the very beginning that after He gave them a strict order not to report what had occurred between them, they will definitely report what had happened. For how can you contain your wonderment and joy after you were healed and saved by God from your affliction? How can you contain the indescribable joy that you felt and made you overwhelmed when you saw God face-to-face? How can you not spread the word about Him and what great miracle he has done for you? How can you not share the fruits of what you have contemplated when you saw God face-to-face? Pardon my being subjective and biased for I greatly believe in my deduction that this Gospel, the Psalm 27:4-10, and Isaiah 29:23-24 of today’s readings apart from the Gospel talks about the Dominicans on how they pray for Light against the darkness of sin, error, heresy, and ignorance; how they praise, bless, and preach the Lord; how they contemplate and give to others the fruits of what has been contemplated by them; and how they spread throughout the world the Truth about what really happened to them after reading the Eternal Word, the Truth which is Jesus Christ Himself.
The Dominican mottoes:
Veritas – Truth
Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare – To praise, to bless, to preach
Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere – Contemplate and give to others the fruits of what has been contemplated.
“Jesus, I trust in You” “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”
Go and set the world on fire!
Mary H. Distributist