Fifth Friday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday, February 9, 2018 WORD of the DAY  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. (Mark 7: 33-36) How shall I live this Word? Jesus’ first gesture with the deaf-mute man was to remove him from the crowd.  Then, there was a deep breath: ‘how many continued to run to Him’.  They are the crowds of the poor and needy who perhaps are not fully conscious of their limitations.  But then the man, far from the people, alone before the only one who can cure him, entrusts himself to His gestures of liberation and re-acquires his ability to hear and to speak. We too, need to get away from the chatter of a superficial and indifferent society.  We must perceive what...