Friday, December 4, 2015

Reflection for Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday of the First Week of Advent
IS 29:17-24
PS 27:1, 4, 13-14
MT 9:27-31

Do you believe that I can do this?”
Jesus asks the two blind men this question. His phrasing of the question is interesting; He does not ask if they believe they will see again or even if they believe that He, Jesus Christ, can make them see again. Jesus addresses more than just their blindness when He asks the broader statement of “Do you believe that I can do this.” The “this” that Jesus asks can be referring to anything: His ability to guide us, to heal us, or to save us from our sins. Jesus isn’t just asking the two blind men this question, He is asking all of us. This seems like an easy question to answer. Of course He can do this, whatever this is, He’s Jesus Christ, the son of God, and He has the power and mercy to do anything. But how often do we act as though we don’t believe He can do it. How often do we doubt in His timing and His love for us. When we get frustrated at God for taking too long or for not answering us clear enough and we turn away from Him.  If that is what happens, our answer to “Do you believe that I can do this?” is a no. Or a maybe. Or a yes I believe You can do this but I’m not ready to let You.
The ways in which we answer Jesus’s question will look different for all of us. But in order to be prepared to respond to Jesus, we need to fully entrust our hearts to God.  When we do this, we can see how God shows us in our day to day lives that He can do this.  
There are days where we decide to put our trust in God and answer yes and there are days where we burden ourselves and answer no. Luckily for us, Jesus asks us this question of “do you believe that I can do this” every day. All day long. He never stops asking us this question. Because regardless of how we chose to respond to Him, the answer to this question will always be: yes He can do this.  

Franki Feinberg is a sophomore nursing major from Houston, Texas.

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