Sunday, September 9

Gospel for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Mark 7:31-37

“Again Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. 

And people brought him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him.  He took him off by himself away from the crowd.  He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned  and said to him,“Ephphatha!”that is, “Be opened!”—And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and spoke plainly. 

He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it.  They were exceedingly astonished and they said, “He has done all things well!  He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak!”

Vividly place yourself in this incident as the deaf person.

Imagine life without ever hearing anything.

Pay attention today to the little sounds you may often ignore (chirping birds, trees blowing in the breeze, music, children playing, someone in distress, etc.) and thank God for that gift of hearing.

Heritage word–“Jesus is always on our road, though our eyes may be prevented from seeing him.”

(Sister Mary Louise Ann, 8thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

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