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.”
Prayer:Lord, I truly sense your love in my heart. I
hope in you, for you have won my confidence by
revealing your sacrificial love to me. I love you, Lord,
and I wish to be a witness of your
love to all.
Petition: Lord, open my heart to
your love so I may be a convincing witness
to the world that your love exists.
1. Who Would I
Be if I Did Not Have the Faith? We can
be so familiar with and immersed in our Catholic
heritage that we take for granted the truths we
have received from our Catholic Church, much like most of
us take for granted our ability to hear or
speak. Today’s Gospel gives us an opportunity to contemplate a
man who from birth did not enjoy either of these
common faculties. There are people who cannot embrace Jesus’ revelation
not because it isn’t given, but because they are
not prepared to receive it. Let us rejoice in the
grace we have received and honor it with our
fidelity. What type of person would I be (or soon become)
if I didn’t have the gift of faith to
support, guide or mold my values?
2. Christ Is the Revelation
of the Father and His Love: Christ revealed himself
to this man, and his power gave him hearing and
good speech. “Christ … by the revelation of the mystery
of the Father and his love, fully reveals man
to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear”(Gaudium
et Spes, no. 22).Inasmuch as we are deaf to
divine revelation we are like this man. Unable to speak
the message of the meaning of our lives, unable
to give ourselves to God and others, life just
passes us by. But if God touches our ears and tongue,
if he cures and empowers us with his grace,
our lives take on a whole new direction and
significance. God does touch our ears and tongue, but we
must embrace his grace and purpose in our lives.
We Are Witnesses to the World that Love Exists: Our
Lord restored to this man the health of his
ears and tongue. Christ thus revealed to him his real
identity: “He, who is ‘the image of the invisible
God’ (Colossians 1:15), is himself the perfect man” (Redemptor Hominis,
no. 10). How difficult his life must have been before
this revelation! How hard must it have been for him
to believe and love! “Man cannot live without love. He
remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his
life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him,
if he does not encounter love, if he does
not experience it and make it his own, if he
does not participate intimately in it” (Ibid). With his health
restored, the man became an agent of God’s redemption. Who
could keep him silent now about this wonderful experience
of his Savior he has had? How loved by God
this man must have felt that day when Christ restored
his health! This man believed and so he speaks! Why am
I silent? Do I not know that as a Catholic
I am to be a witness to the world that
Conversation with Christ:
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient,
ever new, late have I loved you!
within me, but I was outside, and it was
there that I searched for you.
unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things, which you
You were with me, but I
was not with you.
Created things kept
me from you; yet if they had not been in
you they would not have been at all.
You called, you shouted, and you broke through
You flashed, you shone, and you
dispelled my blindness.
You breathed your fragrance
on me; I drew in breath and now I pant
I have tasted you, now
I hunger and thirst for more.
me, and I burned for your peace.
Confessions of St. Augustine)
Resolution: Today, I
will share an aspect of my faith with a
friend or family member.