20180909 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Be Opened

Just the other day I was in my backyard and took notice of a hummingbird and other small birds fluttering around busily eating from their feeders.  I took the chance to video the moment because I realized that I rarely take the time to notice the birds and their singing.

With the beginning of Youth Ministry and Confirmation my days are pretty busy.  I try to keep my mind focused on the next task (like writing this Gospel reflection) or my next appointment.  And I realize I miss the birds.  And my fear is that I might miss other cries as well…cries or pleas for help or a listening ear from those who may need me.

“Be opened!”  Jesus commands in this week’s Gospel (Mark 7: 31-37).  He heals a man’s deafness and gives him the power to speak.  I found myself wondering what the man heard after that.  I bet he heard the sighs of lonely people who needed his time…and I’ll bet he stopped and sat down with them.  I bet he heard the pleas of hunger from poor people…I bet he stopped and fed them.  I bet he heard the cries of people who were rejected or suffering…and I’ll bet he stopped and embraced them.

There are so many people in our families, our schools, our jobs and our world that need our ears opened.  Many don’t want advice.  They want us to listen without judgement while they talk about what hurts.  Others need us to stand up with them at school, church or in our community.  They need us to listen closely to understand their problems.  Others, like parents, mentors or role models, are trying to offer advice for life.  They need us to listen to their wisdom without getting defensive.

Do we hear the cries or advice as we go through life?  Or do we rush through life so quickly that we miss them?  This week, each day, let us ask Jesus to open our ears so we can listen closely.  People will come across our paths who need us to listen…or to whom we need to listen to.

Peace and all good,


Gospel Reflection

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