Matthew gives us two blind men desiring sight to see. Jesus asks them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” This question sticks with me: “Do you believe that I can do this?”

As a blind man I would respond: “I believe, Lord, but sometimes life’s challenges and my faith don’t always align. How do I find you so I may see you inside the blindness I am experiencing?”

Preparing for the Messiah requires us to ready our eyes for sight and, if we can see Christ in the past, then we can anticipate his presence in our future. During Advent I want to renew my faith, hope, and love in Jesus, but how?

Take a moment to look back over the past year; recall three instances that started off rocky and then became smooth, I bet we can recognize Christ there.

—Damian Torres-Botello, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.