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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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Reflection for February 13, Friday Fifth Week in Ordinary Time; 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:
How can you have an up close and personal encounter with Jesus? It’s when the environment around you is silent there’s no presence of anyone except Jesus and you. This is always the most conducive environment for you to have an encounter with Jesus.  It’s very difficult to encounter and feel the presence of Jesus when there’s noise and disturbance.

In the quietness of your life you will be able to encounter and feel the healing presence of Jesus. And in the quietness of your life you would be able to hear the voice of Jesus. Telling you what you need to hear so that you can have the motivation and energy to move-on amidst the drudgery of life.

Do you feel the presence of Jesus in your life? If no, then try to live a quite life and try to give time for Jesus more than you give time in satisfying your pleasure-seeking lifestyle. This doesn’t mean that you will be isolating yourself from your friends and usual environment.

This simply means that you’ll lessen the noise in your life and you lessen your engagement with worldly pleasures. Yet you still connect yourself to this world not anymore to seek earthly pleasures. But to seek people who are engaged with earthly pleasures so that you could bring them closer to Jesus also.

The deaf mute man in our gospel was healed by Jesus not in the midst of the crowd. He instead brought the deaf mute man away from the crowd. To be with Him alone in a quiet place and in the stillness of the environment Jesus healed him (Mark 7:33-35).

Do you regularly have your own quiet time with Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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