Gospel – 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 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.
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.”
Reflection on the Gospel
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
Those who saw this amazing intervention of Jesus remark that Jesus has done all things well.
Can this be said of me?
Before Jesus healed the man, he looked up to heaven.
It is from the Father that he receives direction and it is from the Holy Spirit that he receives the power to do all things well.
This direction and power is available to me also.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.
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