Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention:  For all caregivers, especially teachers, that they may be attentive to the Holy Spirit’s inspirations to work as bringers of strength and hope to all who they serve.

Today’s Gospel | Mark 7:31-37

Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis.  And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him.  He took him off by himself away from the crowd.  He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)  And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.  He ordered them not to tell anyone.  But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it.  They were exceedingly astonished and they said, “He has done all things well.  He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

From the Eighth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

You, then, who have succeeded the Apostles in their work of catechizing and instructing the poor, if you want to make your ministry as useful to the Church as it can be, you must every day teach them catechism, helping them learn the basic truths of our religion, following the example of the Apostles, which is that of Jesus Christ, who devoted himself every day to this task.  Like them you must also withdraw afterward to direct your attention to reading and to prayer, to learn thoroughly the truths and the holy maxims that you wish to teach, and through prayer to draw down God’s graces, which you need to do this work according to the Spirit and the intention of the Church, which entrusts it to you.


Eternal Father, in our world many people know the pain of disabilities.  They struggle to find wholeness in their lives, often unable to gain even simple acceptance or respect in the world.  We pray for the humility and compassion to be one with them, and the courage and conviction to stand against the prejudice and thoughtlessness that marginalizes them.  Make of us a righteous and caring people.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.