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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Gospel text (Mk 7,31-37): Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment. Again Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” — And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. They were exceedingly astonished and they said, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

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 a 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!