On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 13, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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The nature of sin is always to distort the truth and lie. So when we take what is not rightfully ours to take, but are somehow convinced that it is ours for the taking or when we give in to our base desires and temptations; then we rob ourselves of the most precious thing we will ever have in our lives. A loving relationship with God our Father. We try to hide our guilt and shame often rationalising them away. And may come to the conclusion that we can do it all ourselves and not have need of Him in our lives.

And yet He calls out to us through His Son our Saviour. Seeking for us to be reconciled with Him. So that we may live life to the fullest in Him. So that our ears may be opened to hear His glorious Word. And in loving communion we may give Him thanks and praise by our testimonies. So that others too may come into that same loving relationship and be reconciled with Him. Amen

Glory to You O Lord my God!

First reading
Genesis 3:1-8

The serpent was the most subtle of all the wild beasts that the Lord God had made. It asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?’ The woman answered the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, “You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death.” ‘ Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘No! You will not die! God knows in fact that on the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil.’ The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was desirable for the knowledge that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She gave some also to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.
The man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Gospel
Mark 7:31-37

Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’

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