Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is. 35:1-7a | Ps. 146:7-10 | James 2:1-5 | Mk. 7:31-37

Isaiah seems to be paving the way for the reading from Mark.  Isaiah tells us that  God is coming and will  open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf.  The lame will walk and dumb speak.  Mark tells us the story of Jesus healing the deaf man who had a speech problem.  Jesus’ compassion is so great that when the man approaches him, He takes the man aside and heals him.  Those who observed were astonished by the powers of Jesus.  We have heard these stories over and over.  We can become deaf to their messages if we do not listen with open ears and attentive hearts.  Christ came to heal our deafness and blindness.  Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are deaf and blind.  Do you see the good deeds that take place in your daily life?  Do you see the beauty in the world around you?  Have you seen the touch of  God in the people who surround you?  If not, then perhaps you are becoming blind and deaf.

Take time today to look at the people and things in your life.  Look at nature and see its beauty.  Give thanks to God for all his gifts to you.  Ask God to help you have eyes that see His gifts, ears that hear His Words, and love to respond.

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