Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
The Gospel according to St. Mark, 5:31-37.
“At that time, Jesus going out of the coasts of Tyre, came by Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. And they bring to Him one deaf and dumb, and they be sought Him that He would lay His hand upon him. And taking him from the multitude apart, He put His fingers into his ears, and spitting, He touched his tongue, and looking up to heaven He groaned, and said to him: Ephpheta, which is: Be thou opened. And immediately his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed and he spoke right. And He charged them that they should tell no man, but the more He charged them, so much the more a great deal did they publish it; and so much the more did they wonder, saying: He hath done all things well; He hath made both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.”
Summary of Tomorrow’s Meditation
We will tomorrow interrupt our meditations upon humility that we may meditate upon the gospel of the day. This gospel presents to us two remarkable facts: first, a miraculous cure worked by Jesus Christ; second, a beautiful eulogium on the Savior pronounced by the witnesses of the miracle. From the meditation on these two facts we will deduce the resolution: first, every day to lend a docile ear to grace, and to watch over our tongue carefully that we may not sin in our words; second, to apply ourselves to performing our ordinary actions in a perfect manner. Our spiritual nosegay shall be the words which the people, according to what is told us in the gospel, said: “He hath done all things well.” (Mark 7:37)
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