Thursday, February 09, 2017


FRIDAY, 5th Week in Ordinary Time

February 10, 2017 – FRIDAY, 5th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Scholastica, Virgin and Religious Founder
Memorial, White

Gn 3:1 - 8 I Mk 7: 31- 37

     St. Scholastica (480 - 547), twin sister of St. Benedict (480 - 547), founded the Order of Benedictine nuns, following the Rule of her brother St. Benedict.

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Gn 3: 4- 7
     The serpent said to the woman, "You will not die, but God knows that the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil."

     The woman saw that the fruit was good to eat, and pleasant to the eyes, and ideal for gaining knowledge. She took its fruit and ate it and gave some to her husband who was with her. He ate it. Then their eyes were opened and both of them knew they were naked. So they sewed leaves of a fig tree together and made themselves loincloths.

GOSPEL READING:  Mk 7: 31- 37
   Again Jesus set out: from the country of Tyre he passed through Sidon and skirting the Sea of Galilee he came into the territory of Decapolis. There a deaf man who also had difficulty in speaking was brought to him. They asked Jesus to lay his hand upon him.

     Jesus took him apart from the crowd, put his fingers into the man's ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then, looking up to heaven, he groaned and said to him, "Ephphetha:" that is, "Be opened."

     And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak clearly. Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone, but the more he insisted on this, the more they proclaimed it. The people were completely astonished and said, "He has done all things well; he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak."

     Both readings today speak of opening, in the Garden of the eyes of Adam and Eve, and in the Gospel reading of the ears of the deaf man so he could hear.

     The eyes of our first parents were opened when, at the urging of the serpent­ tempter the woman yields and eats of the forbidden fruit and gives it to her husband to eat: then their eyes were opened and they saw they were naked.

     The man to whom speech and hearing were restored was filled with joy. The people were filled with wonder, "He has done all things well; he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak."

     Our first parents were severely punished for their disobedience: they were driven from the Garden; women will have pain at childbirth; man will provide for his needs in toil and suffering. The serpent too was penalized and cursed.

     What do we learn from the Lord's mercy in the cure of the dumb man? What do we learn of God's justice when our first parents sinned? Yet the merciful God gave our first parents hope, "I will make you enemies, you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring." (Gn 3:15)



Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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