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Gospel reading Mark 7:31-37

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Sept. 6, 2015

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."

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Father Francisco Hernandez

St. Raymond Church

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time : September 6, 2015

Who are the excluded?

"They were exceedingly astonished and they said, "He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."

In the healing of the deaf mute man, Christ makes himself present in a pagan territory, the Decapolis, and there announces the Good News of the Kingdom of God, fulfilling the arrival of the Messianic era. The Lord identifies with the limitations of human nature, destroying it. "….touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him: 'Ephphatha' (Be opened)."

As we can see, Jesus did more than the gesture asked of Him of laying his hands. He touched his ears and with saliva touched his tongue. Why did Jesus do this gesture?

Jesus wanted to make clear once more in the healing of the deaf/mute that it was not a "punishment" for his sins or for those of his ancestors and even less that he was "impure." He also wanted, with this gesture, to not only restore his health, but to integrate back into the community a person who had been "excluded."

This is the point that I would like to reflect upon briefly.

Who are the excluded today?

There are many older people excluded within families who are not listened or attended to. Many family members are deaf and mute to their loneliness. There are many children excluded because Dad and Mom don't have time to listen to them. The same happens in the relationship of couples. There are "many voices" in this hurry-up world in which we live that don't let us listen to others.

I remember years ago a high school boy graduated and his father gave him a brand new car and said: "What do you think?" The boy replied: "Thank you, Daddy, but I would appreciate much more if you would just talk and listen to me one hour each day."

I invite you, as you receive Communion, to ask the Lord to open your ears and tongue to be able to hear His voice on the needs of those that surround you, and to help others by giving encouragement, inspiration, healing, and salvation.

Father Paco

'The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious'

Sep. 3, 2015

5. Saint John Paul II became increasingly concerned about this issue. In his first Encyclical he warned that human beings frequently seem "to see no other meaning in their natural environment than what serves for immediate use and consumption." (Redemptor Hominis, 4 March 1979) Subsequently, he would call for a global ecological conversion. (Catechesis, 17 January 2001) At the same time, he noted that little effort had been made to "safeguard the moral conditions for an authentic human ecology."(Centesimus Annus, 1 May 1991) The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious, not only because God has entrusted the world to us men and women, but because human life is itself a gift which must be defended from various forms of debasement. Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in "lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies." Authentic human development has a moral character. It presumes full respect for the human person, but it must also be concerned for the world around us and "take into account the nature of each being and of its mutual connection in an ordered system."(John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 30 December 1987) Accordingly, our human ability to transform reality must proceed in line with God's original gift of all that is.

Source: Laudato Si'

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