My Daily Reflection and Prayer: Friday, February 13, 2015

bartimeusHe has done all things well DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 7:31-37 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him. And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.” This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ. *** During this several days the Gospel proclaims to us that Jesus never turns anyone aside who approaches him with sincerity and trust. Even, whatever Jesus does, he does it well. His action is always excellent in beauty and love. Today we read the passage describes when Jesus approaches a man who is both deaf and a stutterer, Jesus shows his considerateness for this man’s predicament. Jesus takes him aside privately, then puts his fingers into the deaf man’s ears and he touches the man’s tongue with his own spittle to physically identify with this man’s infirmity and to awaken faith in him. With a word of command his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. What is the significance of Jesus putting his fingers into the man’s ears? According to St Gregory the Great, a church father from the 6th century, Jesus’ finger symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is also called the finger of God. So, when Jesus puts his fingers into the ears of the deaf mute, he opens the soul of man to faith through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Because of the Holy Spirit, Jesus had done all things well. It’s why the people’s response to this miracle testifies to Jesus’ great care for others and say: He has done all things well. In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we trust in Jesus that no burdens of our lives are too much for Jesus’ careful consideration. He treats each of us with kindness and compassion. And so, he calls us to treat one another in like manner as well. Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, may the Holy Spirit who dwells within us enables us to love as you love. Let us show kindness and compassion to our neighbors and treat them with considerateness as you has done. Make us attentive to the needs of others that we may show them kindness and care now and forever. Amen. Photo credit:

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He has done all things well

DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 7:31-37

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him. And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”

And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

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During this several days the Gospel proclaims to us that Jesus never turns anyone aside who approaches him with sincerity and trust. Even, whatever Jesus does, he does it well. His action is always excellent in beauty and love.

Today we read the passage describes when Jesus approaches a man who is both deaf and a stutterer, Jesus shows his considerateness for this man’s predicament. Jesus takes him aside privately, then puts his fingers into the deaf man’s ears and he touches the man’s tongue with his own spittle to physically identify with this man’s infirmity and to awaken faith in him. With a word of command his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

What is the significance of Jesus putting his fingers into the man’s ears? According to St Gregory the Great, a church father from the 6th century, Jesus’ finger symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is also called the finger of God. So, when Jesus puts his fingers into the ears of the deaf mute, he opens the soul of man to faith through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Because of the Holy Spirit, Jesus had done all things well. It’s why the people’s response to this miracle testifies to Jesus’ great care for others and say: He has done all things well.

In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we trust in Jesus that no burdens of our lives are too much for Jesus’ careful consideration. He treats each of us with kindness and compassion. And so, he calls us to treat one another in like manner as well.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, may the Holy Spirit who dwells within us enables us to love as you love. Let us show kindness and compassion to our neighbors and treat them with considerateness as you has done. Make us attentive to the needs of others that we may show them kindness and care now and forever. Amen.

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