Posted by: livingscripture | February 13, 2015

Fifth Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“People brought to 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 he spoke plainly.”    

 (Mark 7: 32-35)   

 How should we live this WordJesus heals

The gift of revelation begins with listening, opening the ears.  Only after is the word open as the tongue is loosed.  This is a new birth:  from relational isolation to the fullness of communion, thanks to Jesus!Jesus will say in the next chapter, ‘Do you have eyes and do not see.  Do you have ears and do not hear?’  He takes the deaf-mute man off by himself.  The one who must hear and see is separated from the crowd and led to hear and see what is not given in any human place to hear and see; the mystery of the Person of Jesus Christ that neither flesh nor blood are capable of understanding.

True relationship with others begins with our kneeling.  The proclamation begins with listening to the Word of God!  Jesus educates us to begin with a deep, personal, intimate relationship with Him so that we may bring Him and not ourselves.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to open my mind and heart, to Him, to His word that I may proclaim Him with my life!

Lord, help me to kneel before You.  Take and guide my mind and make it prompt in serving You. 

The Voice of Pope Francis in his homily on February 12, 2014 

He makes us know the Father, this interior life that He has.  To whom does the Father reveal this?  To whom does He give this grace?  “I praise You, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and have revealed them to the little ones”.  Only those who have the heart of children are able to receive this revelation; the humble, the meek of heart who feel the need to pray, to open self to God.  They feel poor only those who go ahead with the first Beatitude, the poor in spirit.  Many may know science, pure theology.  But if they do not have this theology on their knees, that is, humbly, like little ones, they will understand nothing.  They will tell us many things, but will understand nothing.  Only this poverty is able to receive the Revelation that the Father gives through Jesus.  Jesus is humble and meek and came for the humble, for the meek to bring salvation to the sick, the poor, the oppressed.

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