And Into Joy

In the first reading, Isaiah prophecies, “Out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see.” And what is it they find – joy in the Lord! God desires that each of us be taken out of gloom and experience joy.

Is THE Light MY Light?

In the Psalm, David declares, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” David personally knew of the Lord’s merciful love for him. He responded by making the Lord his light and salvation. This Advent we need to ask, “Is Jesus my light?” Have we personally made Jesus our Lord and Savior? Do we ask Christ’s light to flood the darkness of our hearts so that we can turn from our sin and follow Him more closely?

Out Of Darkness

Since the fall of man, sin has darkened the hearts of man. Today, we see people blinded by hatred, fear, and greed. Despair weighs heavy on the hearts of men as they seek to find peace and purpose in a world of darkness.  But we can celebrate–for Jesus has come as the Light of the World and not only can He drive out darkness, He can open the eyes of the blind.

Do You Believe?

In the Gospel, two blind men follow Jesus seeking his pity. Jesus asks them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” They place their faith in Christ by saying, “Yes, Lord.” They can offer nothing to Jesus but their brokenness and trust. But that is more than enough. They received more than pity – they received healing from Christ. In the same way, we need to stop holding onto despair. Through faith in Christ, we can be free, our eyes can be opened, and the darkness in our own lives can be dispelled.

Let this be our expectation as we continue to journey through Advent.  Remember to #readyyourheart

John Beaulieu coordinates the Steubenville Conferences, popular summer conferences for teens and adults held in Steubenville, Ohio and around the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

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