St. Ambrose


As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
“Son of David, have pity on us!”
Mt 9:27-31

Again Jesus is healing the blind, and again the blind seem to have more insight into Jesus than those who are not handicapped. As they first meet Jesus, they begin to follow him: they become disciples. They recognise Jesus as their savior; to have pity on someone is to save them.They recognise Jesus as the Son of David, and in that a rightful king and messiah: a king is a lord and a Savior is a messiah.When Jesus asks if they believe he can cure them, they say yes: the are strong in their faith and it is in that faith they are healed. When 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.”Jesus did not heal them to draw attention to himself, but rather healed others so that they might be cured. A Savior is something these “blind” men can not keep a secret, because salvation is something to be shared. Saint Ambrose also could not keep the Savior a secret. He was a priest, bishop, theologian and doctor of the church. It was through his preaching that he “went out and spread word of him through all that land.”His preaching was instrumental in bringing about the conversion of St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, orator and doctor of the Church. Like the two blind men, when Ambrose could see salvation he could not keep quiet about it.One of the symbols of Advent is the Advent Wreath and its candles.When we light a candle, it both allows us to see and beams that same light to others: as Christ brought light to the blind and they brought Christ to others.

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