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For this week…

 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark

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.”

What a drama during the election campaign in my country. So to say the candidate of that particular constituency along with his/her supporters would give all kinds of promises to please the people. Also they would touch even the feet of the poor and the downtrodden  in order to get the votes. But after winning the election they would not even bother to listen to the plea of the very people whom they have promised and whose feet they have touched. The touch here could mean to be a manipulative because it does not build the relationship but rather it exploits.

Today’s Gospel tells us about the healing touch of Jesus and how he communicated the love of God by his healing touch, especially to the needy and the abandoned. Jesus used “touch” as a means to heal the deaf and dumb man. According to Psychology a new born child can only realize or recognize the love and the care by the affectionate touch of the caregiver. Just like the deaf and dumb man in the gospel could not have heard the affectionate word of Jesus but the affectionate touch. There are so many in this world who can’t perceive or recognize the love like the new born child except by the affectionate touch.

As followers of Jesus we can be proud if we touch (reach) the needy with affection, with care, with love to heal the wounded and broken world and to unite as one family. On the other hand at times in our families, in our churches, in our work places we also become a source of wound by the abusive and manipulative touch (scandals in the church). In relationship “Use and through culture”, “Exploitative attitude”, “use the others as much as for the benefit of me”

Today we are more and more restricted by our self centeredness and its interests which in return block our spiritual hearing and mute our thirst for spiritual satisfaction. We perhaps need to allow the gentle touch of Jesus to remove our spiritual deafness and muteness. 

This reflection is shared by Fr. Christopher Prathap Stanley C.Ss.R, the Socius of our RFC community

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Today’s Gospel

“It took years of formation and realizations to make me realize- it is alright to feel some struggles in life. That it is alright to feel incomplete and imperfect . however, this challenges me to move on. It opened a new window in my life where God calls me to take courage. These were the moments where I felt God is moving me into a new person. To see my limitations and imperfections as spaces where God could fill in his GRACE & HIS LOVE”

Taken from the sharing during Thursday mass by Bro. Kenneth Dan C.Ss.R

photo by  :Fletcher Clay

WHY AM I CATHOLIC STILL?

          “You cannot give what you don’t have.” I always affirm this wisdom because its truth silenced my fantasies. Without doubt, the most important thing the world needs is love. There is a great temptation in me to labor hard in order to love, as if it is in my own power to do so; to be honest this was one of my fantasies. Before, I wonder why it is so difficult to do such thing. It was clear that my understanding of it was limited.

            I am thankful that I am a Christian! What captures my heart is the teaching and invitation of Jesus Christ to love as He loved us. I say it again ‘as He loved us’. The basis of loving then is the Lord. I believe that the calling to love not excluding some or one is what really makes a person truly Catholic. I find it beautiful and challenging. Bearing this call, I have understood that in order to embrace all I must acknowledge first and hold firm the truth that I am loved by God without bound despite all my weaknesses and limitations. I see that only in this way I can be empowered to welcome people in spite of differences and imperfections. Whenever I am discouraged by bitter people I am always reminded that the measure of loving is not my standard but that of Christ who is willing to die and give everything for me and for all.

            photo credit : Joseph Applegate    

      I consider as joy in itself being a Catholic. Although I cannot deny that there are difficulties I have experienced in living but there are so many reasons to celebrate life. The more I acknowledge that I am loved unconditionally by my Creator the more I am convinced and able to see that life is truly a blessing, and indeed it is beautiful. Keeping this always makes me look forward into the future with much hope and confidence. It is joy to the heart knowing that I have received the surest love, and this finds fulfillment when shared to people unconditionally.  

 

 

 

Bro. Marc Cesar Pacilan, CSCh is currently studying in the Second Year at Saint Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute.