Gospel Thought for Today
3rd December: Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest
Gospel: Matthew 9:27-31
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
“Son of David, have pity on us!”
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.”
And their eyes were opened.
Jesus warned them sternly,
“See that no one knows about this.”
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.
The Gospel of the Lord.
“But they went out and spread word of Him through all that land.”
We cannot fail to notice the good qualities of the two blind men in today’s Gospel. Humbly they shouted out to Jesus for healing. Full of faith, they believed that the Lord could heal them. Grateful, they broadcast the good deed that Jesus has done. Francis Xavier once experienced a spiritual blindness. At one time, he once regarded fellow student Ignatius of Loyola a joke and was sarcastic with Ignatius’ action of converting people. Eventually, Ignatius won him over. His conversion made him a staunch missionary in Asia. The Church acknowledges him as patron of the missions.
- What is your response to Jesus’ healing love?
- How can you be a missionary disciple of Jesus?
- How do you spread the word of Jesus in your community?
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word today. Through the prayers and example of St Francis Xavier, heal us from spiritual blindness that, seeing Your light, we may bring it to dark corners of the world. Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus, come!