Again Jesus set out; from the country of Tyre, passed through Sidon and, skirting the sea of Galilee, he came to the territory of Decapolis. There a deaf man who also had difficulty in speaking was brought to him. They asked Jesus to lay his hand upon him. Jesus took him apart from the crowd, put his fingers into the man's ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then, looking up to heaven, he groaned and said to him, «Epheta», that is, be opened.
And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak clearly. Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone, but the more he insisted on this, the more they proclaimed it. The people were completely astonished and said, «He has done all things well; he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak».
- We have a God who is always on move and gospel gives us many such occasions. We are all called to keep moving, moving towards the direction proposed by God. Sometime, these directions are not clear and discernment becomes very difficult. Then, the only measure is by asking such questions like, if God is here, and I am filled with love, what would be the right move and direction will I take? And the response is to be discerned and decided. This discernment process is the basic and the first step or the path towards holiness.
- Let’s not be alone in our mission. In anything we do, we should learn to do in group and with others. Even in our individual and intellectual excellence, we should be able to associate others. In today’s gospel, we find this community mission. Be with others is equally important to allowing others to help us and guide us. Let’s not be alone which taking some important decisions.
- Jesus breathing, does recall the first breathing of the Father, which gave birth and life to the humanity. This breathing comes with certain authority. Whenever God acts, He acts with authority. This authority is filled with compassion and love. It is wise from our part to submit to this authority, because this liberates us and helps us to grow in the Lord.
- Every divine encounter produces fruit, and this fruit is narrowly related to our salvation or liberation. Thus we should have the courage to go and meet the Lord, because, He is filled with mercy and goodness. This encounter with the Lord, demands from our part to give life witness. This witnessing life give glory to God for all that we have received in this life, including bitter and pleasant things. In all, God works and transforms, provided we allow God to work in us.
«He has done all things well»
Fr. Joan MARQUÉS i Suriñach
(Vilamarí, Girona, Spain)
Today, the Gospel presents us with a miracle of Jesus: he makes the deaf hear and the mute speak. The people was astonished and said: «He has done all things well» (Mk 7:37).
This is Jesus' biography as narrated by his contemporaries. A short but complete biography. Who is this Jesus? He is who has done all things well. In the double sense of the word: in the what and the how, in the substance and the manner. He is who has only done good deeds, and who has done them well, perfectly and properly finished. Jesus is a person that does everything well, because He does only good works, and those He does, He delivers well finished. He does not leave anything unfinished; nor does He leave it to be finished later on.
—Why don't you also try to leave everything ready now: your prayers; treating your family and other people; your work; the apostolate; your diligence to develop yourself both spiritually and professionally... Be demanding with yourself, and be also demanding, softly, but demanding, with those depending upon you. Do not tolerate any shoddiness. God dislikes them and they bother your fellowmen. Do not take this attitude just to pretend, nor because this procedure is the most profitable one, even from a human point of view; do it because God does not like “bad” works nor “good” things done badly. The Holy Scripture asserts: «The works of God are perfect» (Deut 32:4). And the Lord, through Moses, tells the People of Israel: «Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf» (Lev 22:20). Ask for the maternal help of the Virgin Mary, as Jesus also did.
Saint Josemaria offers us the secret to succeed: «Do what you should and watch what you do». Is this how you behave?