We often hear the sentence, “Seeing is believing.” In the readings for today, however, it is just the opposite. From the psalmist we hear, “I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living” and calls others to courage and stoutheartedness in waiting for his vision to be realized in the coming of the Messiah. (Ps. 27) In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus encounters two blind men who ask him to heal them of their blindness. (MT 9) His question to them is interesting and instructive. He asks, “Do you believe that I can do this?” In other words, if you want to see, you’d better believe it’s within the realm of possibility to have it happen.
I have a friend who has preached positive thinking for many years. Her trademark trio of verbs is: desire, believe, expect. As we wait during this season of Advent for the “bounty of the Lord” we might choose to consider what it is that we want to see happen in our lives. What blindness might we wish to overcome that is possible because we believe in Jesus and in ourselves?