Thursday, February 08, 2018
FRIDAY, 5th Week in Ordinary Time
February 9, 2018 – FRIDAY, 5th Week in Ordinary Time
1 Kgs 11: 29 - 32; 12: 19 / Mk 7: 31 – 37
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."
In today's Gospel reading Jesus restores speech to a deaf man who had difficulty speaking. How joyful and grateful the man must have been for Jesus' kindness and miracle.
If people lose the ability to speak, most would feel frustration and even anger. How does one communicate readily if one cannot speak? Surely one can gesture or write, but this is not easy. Similarly if one is unable to hear, he misses so much of life, especially of easy communication with others. Being able to hear and speak is such a great gift: so often we take this for granted. We should be grateful for these facilities from God.
As we consider Jesus' miraculous cure of the deaf and dumb man, we are invited to reflect on how we use our gift of speech. Do our words help and build up others? Or do our words so often discourage and destroy others? Do we speak in joy and gratitude of the many blessings we receive? Or do we so often speak only of discontent and complaints? How often have our words disappointed and hurt others? Have we used our gift of speech to spread God's Good News and Kingdom?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Nikko Pebrero S. Berces
Ramon Miguel G. de Jesus
Joseph Benedict Ng Masigan
Jeramie Brandon Nancoo
Angela Narciso –Torres
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Michael Ong Se Hai
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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