Friday, 1st Week of Advent
Is there a possibility of missing Jesus present among us, while we wait for his second coming? If I am expecting Jesus in all his glory, am I likely to miss the ubiquitous, unassuming, self-effacing ‘Emmanuel’ in our midst? I prefer to see Jesus here and now than to be a seer who could foresee what would happen in the future when Jesus comes in all his splendor. What do you say – shouldn’t the possibility of overlooking Jesus shudder the core of our being?
But that wasn’t the case with the Pharisees and the scribes. Despite their proficiency in the Scriptures, they failed to recognize the Messiah in their midst. They were disillusioned by their preconceived notions of their much awaited Messiah. They expected a political Messiah, a Messiah regal in stature and royal by birth, a Messiah who is all powerful and awe-inspiring. They failed to see Jesus as Christ…to perceive the Messiah in Jesus.
Ironically, when the teachers and the scribes saw Jesus as a carpenter’s son, it was two blind men who saw him as ‘Son of David’ – a widely acknowledged attribute of the Messiah! The gospel goes on to say that the blind men followed him shouting, “Son of David, help us.” How could two blind men possibly follow a person? Only by hearing the person himself or hearing about the person, right?
Isaiah says exactly that in today’s reading, “On that day the deaf will hear the words of the book, and out of the dark and obscurity the eyes of the blind will see.” (Is. 29: 18)
Until I cast my eyes on Jesus in all his majesty, I wish and pray that I may see him in the needy, to hear him in the cries of the deprived, right here…right now…