February 9, 2018 - Friday
This was the word Jesus uttered to heal the deaf mute man. The same word that Jesus is inviting us to live by in today's gospel --- be opened!
Jesus became flesh that we may be able to listen to the voice of truth and love and speak this same language. Do we listen to Him in prayer when He says that we are loved? Do we lend our ears to the needs of our brothers and sisters? Do we speak words of encouragement to others?
More than physical impediment, we experience greater infirmity when we refuse to listen Christ and speak His Word. That is why today, just like the man in the gospel, we can allow Jesus to take us away from the crowd and bring us in dialogue with Himso that our hearts may be opened again not just to listen to Him, but to speak of Him as well.