September 9

Reflection

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

Thoughts create perception through hearing and speech creates images through words spoken. When Jesus restored the deaf-mute person, he was restoring his ability to image and perceive. The healing of deaf-mute man liberated him as well. He was enabled to know the “good news”. Jesus’ actions restored the blocked communication between God and humanity.They contributed to the building of a community that could affirm life in its fullness. He set right the ability to understand and then to communicate his message. The gospel tells us that the people were over-whelmed with astonishment at what had been done.

Prayer

Praise the Lord, my soul!
Psalm 146

Action

Do I find that sometimes my vision is blocked and my understanding closed to the situations around me? How can I free myself to realize the truth amid my confusion? How do I compare my 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

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

 

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