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Liturgical day: Friday 5th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 7,31-37): 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. 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».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we are happy to see that Jesus has gone out to the “peripheries” to preach, and even away from Israel. In our time and through the Church and the Eucharist, Christ makes Himself present in the peripheries all over the place.

-By the way, there is trick out there that always works: pray for yourself; but above all, do pray for the needs of others. You’ll “get Him”, by doing that, I can assure you!