11 Feb Mark 7:37 (Ephphatha)
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).
“They were exceedingly astonished and they said, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and (the) mute speak.” Mark 7:37 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: Today is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (see Feast Day) and fittingly we hear of another miraculous healing by Jesus with the deaf mute. The miraculous spring that flowed forth from a garbage dump in Lourdes has been the source of thousands of instantaneous, miraculous healing’s not unlike the healing of the deaf mute. To this day over 1 million people annually make pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Just like a miraculous spring in a garbage dump, the deaf mute has become a “new creation” and speaks to the fact that God doesn’t make junk. Like the deaf mute, Jesus meets each one us where we are at. He took the deaf mute aside away from the crowd, did not speak to him, but rather showed him by way of his fingers and saliva the new life that was his. The readings this week from Genesis have shown that God has a plan and a purpose for all creation and declared from the beginning, “It was very good.” Rob reminded us on Tuesday this has a special message for any mother in crisis and the life within her. To take this a step further and more personally – each of us is created in God’s image and likeness with infinite worth. We aren’t junk. God will never forsake his own and paid our “infinite” ransom by taking it to the cross. Jesus said, “Ephphatha!”…meaning “Be opened!” Lord open my ears that I may hear your words and let loose my mouth so that I may proclaim your praise.
Faith Challenge: God doesn’t make junk; take a look in the mirror today and peer into the mystery of your creation in the image and likeness of God.
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: Love “Loving is one of the greatest gifts God gave us. You’ve all heard that love isn’t love until you give it away. If you keep it inside, it dries up and disappears. With the season of Love coming up, wouldn’t it be fun to surprise someone who least expects it with a Valentine of Love? Maybe someone you haven’t been getting along with…”
Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, running, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Our Lady of Lourdes “Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and healing, but even more of faith. Church authorities have recognized over 60 miraculous cures, although there have probably been many more. To people of faith this is not surprising. It is a continuation of Jesus’ healing miracles—now performed at the intercession of his mother. Some would say that the greater miracles are hidden. Many who visit Lourdes return home with renewed faith and a readiness to serve God in their needy brothers and sisters.”
Faith Quote: There still may be people who doubt the apparitions of Lourdes. Perhaps the best that can be said to them are the words that introduce the film Song of Bernadette: “For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.”
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.
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