THE LORD JESUS MADE THE DEAF HEAR AND THE DUMB SPEAK
[23rd ORDINARY SUNDAY – YEAR B – 6 SEPTEMBER 2015]
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.” (Mark 7:31-37 RSV)
When we were baptized, the priest touched our ears and mouth and said, “The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the dumb speak. May He soon touch your ears to receive His Word, and your mouth to proclaim His faith, to the praise and glory of God the Father.”
Prayer: Jesus, we ask You to touch us each day, that we will hear the mystery of Your Word, that it will enter our hearts and bear fruit. Each time we hear it, You reveal something new to us, for Your Word is a living word that will never grow old. Let Your Word be on our lips, that we may grace those we speak to and speak with. Your Word is our strength, our joy, our salvation. And You are the Word made flesh. Be with us each day of our lives. Amen.
The prayer is taken from Fr. Killian Speckner OFMConv., THE PRAYERS OF FATHER KILLIAN – A Franciscan Missionary’s Guide to Daily Devotion, Paraclete Press, 1986.
Jakarta, 6 September 2015
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