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September 5

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“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Mk 7:31-37


Hearing and speech form our perceptions and enable us to articulate what we understand. When Jesus restored the deaf-mute person, he was restoring his ability to image and perceive. The healing liberated him as well. Now he could rejoin the community from which he had been separated by his inability to communicate. He was enabled to know the “good news”. Jesus’ actions affirmed the connection between God and humanity. They contributed to the building of a community that could foster life in its fullness. He set right the ability to understand and then to spread his message.On seeing it, the gospel tells us, the people were over-whelmed with astonishment at what had been done.


Praise the Lord, my soul!
Psalm 146


Do you find that sometimes your vision is blocked and your understanding closed to the situations around you? How can you free yourself to realize the truth amid your confusion? How do Iyou compare your own reaction to the words of Jesus?

Suggested Reading

They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Mark 7:31-37

The thing the Church needs most today is to heal wounds and warm the hearts of the faithful.
Pope Francis 

We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.
S. Kelley Harrell

To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?
C.S. Lewis

Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.
Ram Dass

Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.
Rachel Naomi Remen

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller

Nothing is so healing as the human touch.
Bobby Fischer

The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.
Marianne Williamson

The wish for healing has always been half of health.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca