(Education Day)
8th/9th September 2018

Dear Parishioner

Today's Scripture readings offer us an invitation to become humble instruments of healing in Jesus' hands by giving voice to the voiceless, the needy and the marginalized in our society. Today's Scripture also invites us to open our ears to hear the word of God and to allow the Holy Spirit to loosen our tongues to praise and worship Him and to convey the Good News of God's love and salvation to others.

The first reading (Is 35:4-7), reminds us that God's eyes are constantly focused on the helpless. God especially cares for "the frightened, the blind, the deaf, the lame, the mute," and He encourages the powerless to "be strong and fearless."

In today's second reading (James 2:1-5), the apostle gives us some basic and challenging principles of social justice. He exhorts Christians to show no partiality based on external appearance and to practise God's "preferential option for the poor." He warns the faithful against scorning or shaming the poor while showing special consideration to the rich.

Today's Gospel describes how Jesus, by healing a deaf man with a speech impediment, fulfils Isaiah's Messianic prophecy, "The eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped." The ailments listed by Isaiah are symbolic of our interior illnesses: blindness to the needs of our neighbour, unwillingness to hear God's voice and the inability to speak words of praise and gratitude. Through this miracle story, Mark also reminds us that no one can be a follower of the Lord without reaching out to the helpless ("preferential option for the poor").

So let us help Jesus to heal the deaf and the mute today. Jesus desires to give us his healing touch in order to loosen our tongues so that he may speak to the spiritually hungry through us. He invites us to give him our hearts so that he may touch the lives of people in our day through us, just as he touched the lives of millions through saintly souls like Francis of Assisi, Damien of Molokai, Vincent de Paul and Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa). We also need to allow Jesus to heal our spiritual deafness and muteness. In times of grief, despair and failure, we can be "deaf" to the presence of God in the love and compassion of others; or we can become so preoccupied with the noise and clamour of the marketplace that we are unable to hear the voices of those we love and who love us.

Fr Sabu Pariyadan RCJ



Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Tuesday: Fr Charles Johnson, Fr Conrad Smith
Thursday: Fr Theophilus Borer, Abp George Andrew Beck, Fr James Hemming, Deacon Arthur Woods
Friday: Fr Louis Heston
Sunday: Fr John Bergin


First Reading: Isaiah 50:5-9
I offered my back to those who struck me.

Second Reading: James 2:14-18
If good works do not go with faith, it is quite dead.

Gospel: Mark 8:27-35
You are the Christ. The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously.