"As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, 'Son of David, have pity on us!'" (Matthew 9:27)

As you know, during this season of Advent, our priests wear purple when celebrating Mass. It's because Advent, like Lent, is a penitential season.

Now Advent and Lent play out in a different capacity. Advent is the time to make us ready for Christ to live with us. Lent is the time to make us ready to die with Christ. Advent makes Lent possible. Lent makes salvation possible.

But nevertheless, the Church still calls us to penance and conversion during this sacred season.

The two blind men in today's Gospel who cried out to Jesus for mercy made an audacious move and received healing because of it.

But as Pope Francis reminds us, God doesn't need big acts of faith from us to heal us. He just needs one small step forward.

Today on the Feast of St. Nicholas, the pope's words during his first angelus can ring in our ears: "God never tires of forgiving us! We are the ones who grow tired of asking!"

How can you seek the Lord's healing today? What is the one small thing we can do to reconcile ourselves to God and to our community? Is Advent the time to consider a return to the Church's Sacrament of Reconciliation, where Jesus frees us from all our burdens us and gives us the courage to move forward?