September 6, 2009, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Ephphatha! Be opened!” (Mark 7:34)
1. Isaiah 35:4-7
2. James 2:31-37
3. Mark 7:31-37
REFLECTION: “For the first time in my life, I felt important and needed. I was helping others, and I felt good about that. But in the end, I benefited just as much as they did.” (The words of a high school girl who worked part-time at a school for the blind)
PRAYER: Lord God, open our ears to hear your word in the scriptures and in the many other ways you speak to us. Free us to use our gifts of speech to praise you and to proclaim your message. Amen.
Practice in a focused way today for at least twenty minutes on the people around you. Try to be aware of their needs.
Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary today with the family. Pray for all families getting children ready to return to school.
In some ways we all have “blind spots” or are deaf to certain things. Take time today to meditate on these.
These are days of new beginnings; a new season is upon us. Have a special dinner tonight to praise God for the summer harvest.
The food pantries help to serve the needy and many times those that are blind or deaf. Contribute today to the food pantry nearest you.
Think today about the opportunities that your children have to serve the needy. Encourage them as a new season of needs begins.
Lord, by your word and sacrament you give us strength and life. May this gift help us to share your blessings with others. May we see and hear their needs and touch them with the life you have given us. Amen.
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