The good news for the day February 10, 2017

Friday of the fifth Week in Ordinary Time (333)

Jesus left the State of Tyre and went around by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the State of Decapolis. There some people brought him a deaf man with a speech impediment—on whom they begged Jesus to lay his hand. He took him away from the crowd off by himself. He stuck his fingers into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven, groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (“Be opened!”) Right away, the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was gone—and he spoke plainly. Jesus demanded that they tell no one, but the more he told them not to, the more they tried to tell everybody. People were very surprised and were saying, “He has done everything well. He makes deaf persons hear and mute persons speak.” (Mark 7)

Your good news is that you have this same power!  You can enable deaf people to hear, and mute people to speak—a miracle you can do to the wonder of people around you.

It may be a shy person, an abused spouse, an adolescent who can find no one to listen—or a child who needs a friend, a person you have silenced with an unwitting—or even deliberate—hurt, a friend with a secret failure or problem that needs to be unburdened, a brother or sister with a painful memory, an older person lonely and eager to have companionship…the list goes on and on

All of us have secrets—guilts, or shared problems, or bad habits, or unknown sins.

You child of God need to care for this person here and now—and be rewarded with the miracle! Watch the mouth open, the ears become clear! Try just attending to this person in front of you—at home, at work, in the store. Listen to what is not said, the casual word that does not fit, the glance or gesture that suggests….and you listen—watch—and make a miracle happen! That is how you follow Jesus.  


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