It is 6th December 2019. It is the First Friday dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We celebrate the memorial of St. Nicholas, bishop. He is lovingly known as Santa Claus or Father Christmas or old man Christmas with his generosity. Nicholas day is celebrated on which the presents are shared. May we think of the poor and the needy during this Advent and thereafter during the Christmas time. The readings are from Isaiah 29:17-24; and the Gospel from Matthew 9:27-31. We all have a selective blindness when it comes for God and charity. Some of us are born with the blindness, some acquire by living insensitive life, in some others choose to be blind because of witnessing the injustices done the poor. The first reading presents us with the most awaited moments of blessings. The coming of Messiah in our lives, communities and among the people would have optimistic impact. The evil will be silenced and fertility and goodness will overflow everywhere. “For he shall see what my hands have done in his midst he shall hold my name holy.” (Is.29:23). The deaf, the blind, the poor, the weak and the vulnerable will be restored to their original goodness. We need to give our time, work and presence more than material things. When we do not have love and affection for the poor, we end up giving money and only money. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord is my light and my help.” In the Gospel, Jesus restores the sight for the blind person. Our spiritual blindness can not be healed without the rays of Jesus. It is our faith in Jesus that He can dispel all the darkness from our muddy mind. “Your faith deserves it, so let this be done for you.” (Mt.9:30). Our accompanying each other is far more important as the people of light. Let us be open to the light of Christ to lead them to truth and light. May you have a good day. May God bless you.

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