Fifth Friday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday, February 15, 2019 WORD of the DAY Again he 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. (Mark 7: 31-35) How shall I live this Word? Jesus does not hesitate to visit places that for centuries had prayed to various gods. In visiting Tyre and Sidon, he contacted lands whose populations for millennia before Christ had their deities, following them with a heart very far from the Gospel of Jesus. And yet the Lord of life receives a deaf-mute brought to Him to impose His hands. As a liberating action, He takes him aside far from the crowd. Then, in...