Friday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings

“He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

This is good news for us, even if we can hear perfectly and speak without impediment.  It is good news because we might just have to admit that we hear selectively and speak impetuously on occasion, right?  To those who turn a deaf ear to their family, or to the cry of the poor, Jesus says, “Ephphatha!”  To those who sometimes gossip, or who have stuck their foot in their mouth in a social setting, or who have spoken ill of others, Jesus says “Ephphatha!”  What is the word we need to hear today?  What is God saying to us?  What words do we need to speak today?  When should we be silent?  Today we all pray that Jesus’ word of healing – “Ephphatha!” – would help us deaf ones hear and mute ones speak.

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