Gospel to day: february 2018

Friday 9 February 2018

Fifth week of ordinary time

Mk 7: 31-37


31 Again, having left the region of Tire, passing through Sidon, he came towards the Sea of Galilee in the territory of Decàpoli. 32 They brought him a deaf-mute and begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 He took him aside, away from the crowd, put his fingers in his ears and with his saliva touched his tongue; 34 Then looking up at the sky, he sighed and said, "Effatà," that is, "Open up!" 35 And immediately his ears were opened, he broke the knot of his tongue and spoke correctly. 36 And he commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he forbade it, the more they proclaimed it, 37 and, full of amazement, said: "All things have been good: let the deaf hear and let the dumb speak!"


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The deaf-mute of the Gospel


Whenever an anonymous person is presented to us in the Gospel we must pay close attention. No name is recorded, no age, no provenance, it is understood that he is a man or a woman only for the use of the male or female gender. Then nothing is known about him and her.


How many characters, men and women of the Gospel are presented in this state of anonymity, which has the characteristic not so much of the custody of privacy, but of also opening to us the same healing experience, however, understood more as healing

of the soul that of the body.


So thanks to this anonymity we can replace ourselves to today's deaf-mute, but to every person who has been touched by Jesus or his word. We can also be part of those characters of the Gospel who have had a negative role in the story of Jesus.

  This is because everything in the Gospel has the characteristic of being a "universal", that is, applicable to every person, in every place and in every time. At the end of the day man is always the same and God does not change the way to approach and help man. Like evil, sin, sickness and death are universal.


Is it difficult to recognize oneself as deaf and dumb, if we think we can hear and speak well? Why then do we not listen and do not remember what God tells us? Why do not we speak we do not testify to our faith? Because we are deaf and dumb inside in the soul and we need to be touched by the grace of God.


If we recognize this spiritual handicap, then thanks to the Gospel, to the proclamation of the faith, we will be brought before Jesus and He will take us apart, the two of us alone to open our ears and rock the tongue, with one word pronounced. If you hear the word "effatà", said by Jesus for you, the work of salvation of Christ the Lord will begin in you. If you do not feel addressed to you it means that you are still deaf and dumb, even if you are deluding yourself to hear and speak.


Let us contemplate this scene in prayer, we are the deaf mute and let ourselves be led by the Gospel before Jesus. Good day.