Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Reflection for Friday February 14, Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop; Mark 7:31-37

Gospel: Mark 7:31-37
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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Reflection:
Jesus could have refused to grant the wish of the deaf man but, how could Jesus refuse to do His mission of altruistic love and healing? How could Jesus refuse someone who was in dire need of His help and someone who humbly begged Him?

 We learn also about humility from the deaf man. He did not only ask Jesus to heal him; he begged Jesus to grant him his healing touch. What can we learn from the people who brought the deaf man to Jesus? We learn to help and we learn not to always focus on ourselves. But rather focus on someone who is in dire need of our help.

Today being Valentine’s day, let us emulate Jesus on how He gave His unconditional love. Let us not only limit our love to romantic love let us extend it further and deeper. So that it could transcend romantic love that it now become altruistic love.

Let us also begged Jesus to grant us the gift of understanding this altruistic love so that we could learn what real love is. For it’s only in learning altruistic love that we could learn how to love even those who are difficult to love.

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