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Be Opened to the Presence of Jesus - Gospel of Saint Mark 7:31-37
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Jesus Healing a Deaf-mute by Bartholomeus Breenbergh (1598-1657); 1653; Musée du Louvre, Paris, France;
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Gospel according to Saint Mark 7:31-37

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.
Jesus 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.
Jesus 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."


Twenty-third Sunday of the Year: Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint Mark 7:31-37; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; September 9, 2018



In spiritual, religious living we are either moving forward or we are falling back because there is no staying still, in spiritual religious living.

And that's because in our religion, in our spiritual life we have been gifted with God's Holy Spirit from our baptism on. Every day you and I receive the gift of the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us; and the Holy Spirit of God does not stay still. The Holy Spirit of God is divinely dynamic, as of course is the God head.

The Spirit of God either invites us to move forward and if we do not accept that invitation we fall back. That's the Holy Spirit of God.

And therefore, there is a little spiritual slogan, which is always helpful to remember, which simply states: Change or die.

And indeed, if we look at the natural world around us, everything is constantly changing. There is a divine dynamic in creation which expresses the necessity of changing. And so, filled with God's Holy Spirit which is dynamic we either change everyday spiritually for the better or we fall backward with no change happening in our life.

Change or die.

In today's Holy Gospel we are given an example of how to change. Our Lord Jesus Christ is preaching and teaching, and the people know His power to change things. They know He can heal. They know He can make sick people well. They have seen it happen. And, so they bring Him this man who is deaf and cannot speak. And Jesus our Lord takes the man off by himself. Step number one: if we want to change we have to go off with our Lord Jesus Christ every day for some time.

We have to spend time alone with the Lord. We don't have to say anything. We don't have to do anything. All we have to do is put ourselves in the presence of the Lord and spend time alone with our Lord Jesus Christ, and we will be blessed. We will be directed and our hearts will be (this is the next step) OPENED.

Jesus takes the man off by himself to a solitary place and, interestingly He takes some of His spittle and applies it to the affected areas of the man's body, the ears and the mouth. That's because in the ancient world, saliva was thought to have medicinal properties.

(And I can remember, even as a little boy - a long time ago - when we would get burnt - if we touched something hot - we would put our fingers in our mouth, because it was the idea that saliva has medicinal properties.)

Any way, our Lord takes him a part, He applies the saliva to the affected areas and He says a very important thing to the man who is handicapped, BE OPENED.

We have to be open. If we are not open to the presence of the Lord every day; if we are not open to the dynamic of the Holy Spirit every day; if we are not open to perceiving and enjoying the presence of God that surrounds us and that is in us, every day, we will miss the blessing. We will simply miss it.

And why wouldn't we be open? Fear.

Fear is the enemy of faith.

It's very difficult to be faith-filled and fear-filled at the same time.

And so we always are invited to choose one or the other - to choose faith over fear, to be open and to place ourselves in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, alone with Him. And let His power do for us what we can't do for ourselves.

Let His power heal us and restore us, and give us new vision - so that we can begin to see the presence of God in our own hearts and souls - in our world - and most especially, (and this is always the most difficult, sometimes) in one another.

And when we are open and when we are with Jesus Christ all these wonderful, spiritual miracles can happen for us.

And fear will take a back seat and faith will take a front seat, and our lives will change.

And when our lives change in the power of God, it's always for the good, it's always for the good.

But, we have to do the spiritual footwork. We have to be willing and open. We have to take the time to be with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ alone, every day - so that the power of the Lord can fill us and energize us, and help us to be open to see things differently - to see ourselves differently - to see our world differently; and, most importantly to see eachother differently.

This is spiritual living. This is religious growth. And a beautiful outline for this kind of life is given to us in today's Gospel. It's very simple to follow, but sometimes very hard to do because we allow fear to inhibit us; to keep us closed, and to keep us unwilling to try.

Today, as we hear this beautiful Gospel, which is a description not just of the man who was cured, but of ourselves, let us invite the Holy Spirit anew into our hearts so that we can be willing to go off every day for some time with Our Lord. We can allow the power of Jesus Christ to overwhelm us and fill us. And, with that power, that divine power of the Sacred Heart of Jesus we can be open to change for the better.


 

Gospel according to Saint Mark 7:31-37

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.
Jesus 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.
Jesus 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."


Twenty-third Sunday of the Year: Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap., based on the Gospel according to Saint Mark 7:31-37; Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton, Massachusetts; September 9, 2018



In spiritual, religious living we are either moving forward or we are falling back because there is no staying still, in spiritual religious living.

And that's because in our religion, in our spiritual life we have been gifted with God's Holy Spirit from our baptism on. Every day you and I receive the gift of the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us; and the Holy Spirit of God does not stay still. The Holy Spirit of God is divinely dynamic, as of course is the God head.

The Spirit of God either invites us to move forward and if we do not accept that invitation we fall back. That's the Holy Spirit of God.

And therefore, there is a little spiritual slogan, which is always helpful to remember, which simply states: Change or die.

And indeed, if we look at the natural world around us, everything is constantly changing. There is a divine dynamic in creation which expresses the necessity of changing. And so, filled with God's Holy Spirit which is dynamic we either change everyday spiritually for the better or we fall backward with no change happening in our life.

Change or die.

In today's Holy Gospel we are given an example of how to change. Our Lord Jesus Christ is preaching and teaching, and the people know His power to change things. They know He can heal. They know He can make sick people well. They have seen it happen. And, so they bring Him this man who is deaf and cannot speak. And Jesus our Lord takes the man off by himself. Step number one: if we want to change we have to go off with our Lord Jesus Christ every day for some time.

We have to spend time alone with the Lord. We don't have to say anything. We don't have to do anything. All we have to do is put ourselves in the presence of the Lord and spend time alone with our Lord Jesus Christ, and we will be blessed. We will be directed and our hearts will be (this is the next step) OPENED.

Jesus takes the man off by himself to a solitary place and, interestingly He takes some of His spittle and applies it to the affected areas of the man's body, the ears and the mouth. That's because in the ancient world, saliva was thought to have medicinal properties.

(And I can remember, even as a little boy - a long time ago - when we would get burnt - if we touched something hot - we would put our fingers in our mouth, because it was the idea that saliva has medicinal properties.)

Any way, our Lord takes him a part, He applies the saliva to the affected areas and He says a very important thing to the man who is handicapped, BE OPENED.

We have to be open. If we are not open to the presence of the Lord every day; if we are not open to the dynamic of the Holy Spirit every day; if we are not open to perceiving and enjoying the presence of God that surrounds us and that is in us, every day, we will miss the blessing. We will simply miss it.

And why wouldn't we be open? Fear.

Fear is the enemy of faith.

It's very difficult to be faith-filled and fear-filled at the same time.

And so we always are invited to choose one or the other - to choose faith over fear, to be open and to place ourselves in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, alone with Him. And let His power do for us what we can't do for ourselves.

Let His power heal us and restore us, and give us new vision - so that we can begin to see the presence of God in our own hearts and souls - in our world - and most especially, (and this is always the most difficult, sometimes) in one another.

And when we are open and when we are with Jesus Christ all these wonderful, spiritual miracles can happen for us.

And fear will take a back seat and faith will take a front seat, and our lives will change.

And when our lives change in the power of God, it's always for the good, it's always for the good.

But, we have to do the spiritual footwork. We have to be willing and open. We have to take the time to be with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ alone, every day - so that the power of the Lord can fill us and energize us, and help us to be open to see things differently - to see ourselves differently - to see our world differently; and, most importantly to see eachother differently.

This is spiritual living. This is religious growth. And a beautiful outline for this kind of life is given to us in today's Gospel. It's very simple to follow, but sometimes very hard to do because we allow fear to inhibit us; to keep us closed, and to keep us unwilling to try.

Today, as we hear this beautiful Gospel, which is a description not just of the man who was cured, but of ourselves, let us invite the Holy Spirit anew into our hearts so that we can be willing to go off every day for some time with Our Lord. We can allow the power of Jesus Christ to overwhelm us and fill us. And, with that power, that divine power of the Sacred Heart of Jesus we can be open to change for the better.


 
 
 
 
September 9, 2018 - Be Opened to the Presence of Jesus - Gospel according to Saint Mark 7:31-37 and Homily by Father John Tokaz, O.F.M. Cap.


 
 

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Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
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Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty
Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

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Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
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Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
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CREDO
Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.