Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
I will make the effort today to set aside some time to pray away from the business of life.
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Jesus, I come to you once again in prayer. Even though I cannot see you, my faith tells me that you
are present. You are ready to listen and desire to speak with me. Your presence gives me hope,
because you are the all-powerful God, the creator of heaven and earth. You are the source of all
that is good in my life. Nothing happens to me without your knowing and permitting it. My hope leads
me to love. I want to be one with you in mind and heart, identifying myself with your will and your
Lord, teach me how to be alone with you. Help me to
from the Crowd:
Why does Jesus take the deaf man off by himself away from the crowd? Jesus
wants to be alone with him, away from the noise and activity of the crowd. He wants to be able to
communicate with him in silence and solitude. Jesus invites me also to go away from the crowd, away
from the activity and noise of life, away from other people and distractions, in order to pray.
Jesus invites me to be alone with him so that he can reveal himself to my soul and heal the
impediments that keep me from communicating his love and truth to others.
2. The Human Effort to Heal:
Many times in the
Gospel, Jesus works a miracle with a mere word. But sometimes he performs miracles with a physical
act, as in this case, when he puts his finger into the man’s ears and touches his tongue with
spittle. What are we to make of this? What can we learn from it? Many times, our healing requires a
human effort. Action must be taken. We are not purely spiritual beings, but body and spirit woven
into one. So our physical side plays a part. We kneel to pray. We go into the presence of the
Blessed Sacrament. We make an effort to read Scripture. We do all of these physical things so that
our entire being, both body and soul, can be healed of sin and grow closer to Christ.
3. To Speak Plainly:
of this encounter with Christ and of the effort that Christ makes is clarity –– plain speech. The
fog of imperfection is removed and the deaf-mute begins to speak with the clarity and the
forcefulness of truth –– so much so that the people are astounded. If I have truly encountered
Christ, the fog that veils my mind and muddles my speech will be removed. The double-edged sword of
God’s truth will shine through my words and actions so much so that people will be astounded.
Lord, I want to be your disciple. I want your
love to shine in
my life. Open my intellect so that I
can perceive your truth as it really is. Soften my
heart to love you with a pure love that overflows
into the hearts of those
around me. Strengthen
will to choose you and your ways steadfastly.
make the effort today to set aside some time to pray away from the business of
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