Text (Gospel Story) September 6, 2015
Jesus left the district of Tyre and returned by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Ten Cities. Some people brought 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 fingers into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and emitted a groan. He said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be Opened.” At once the man’s ears were opened; he was freed from the impediment, and began to speak plainly. Then he enjoined them strictly not to tell anyone; but the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. Their amazement went beyond all bounds: “He has done everything well! He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Sharing the Mission
St Vincent de Paul tells us that humility is a grace of our Lord Jesus. Humility only comes when the light of Jesus penetrates deeply into our being and into all our thinking and reflection ... light transfigures everything, not only our opinion about ourselves but our attitude towards others. With humility God will be glorified ... and we ourselves will enjoy the grace and peace of Jesus Christ, who is gentle and humble of heart.
As a conference, how has your assistance brought healing and the “presence of Christ” to the people you serve?
As followers of St Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic Oznanam, reflect on moments this week when your views and ideas are being challenged and why you felt challenged?
(Together) Lord Jesus
Open our ears to hear the cries of the poor.
Give us the grace to speak of your love to others. Jesus, let your light penetrate into us,
Transfiguring our opinion about ourselves and our attitude towards