Daily Gospel Reflection for February 13, 2015

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:31-37

A few months after my daughter Faith arrived at home with us, I confided to my husband that, after reading this passage in Mark, I tried to perform the same miracle on her. My husband burst into laughter; when he finally regained his composure, he shared he’d done the same thing! It is not that we were trying to fix Faith’s deafness; we love her just the way she is. We accept God has a plan and purpose for her deafness, and she quite honestly seems at peace with it, evident by being one of the happiest people we know. We just realize in a hearing world, it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for Faith to have her hearing. Although her ears were not opened with our prayers or wet fingers (ironically we both chose not to touch her tongue with our spit but instead took our chance with the ear), the lack of miracle however did not shake our faith—for reasons only God knows, this was not His will for her.

Every year we participate in the veneration of the cross during the Good Friday service. The Holy Family Parish cross, however, has something special attached to it. Our pastor has been allowed for the last four years to borrow the bishop’s relic believed to be from the actual cross Christ was crucified on. A small, round, glass-fronted brass holder containing a wood splinter nestled carefully on a red velvet bed is attached ever so carefully to the giant cross our deacon processes into the Church with. Father shared that the relic’s authenticity was confirmed by a miracle involving a person who was deaf, who upon touching this very sliver of wood, regained their hearing.

Every year we’ve watched with bated breath as Faith has approached the cross. Every year we’ve returned to our seats and discretely tested to see if she’d be the second miracle from this relic. Every year, we’ve not allowed the outcome to shake our faith. We do believe Jesus still performs miracles, and that “no” answers to prayers are still answers. We believe at the core of every answer to a prayer is our good and for reasons God alone knows. So even if her ears never open to hear the word of God audibly, we continue to teach her so that her heart will never miss a word.

Ponder:

How can we use the experience of receiving a “no” in response to a prayer as an opportunity to grow in trusting God’s will in all things? We should ask God for the grace to allow His “no” to move in us with the same response of gratitude that His “yes” does.

Pray:

Dear Jesus, sometimes the ears of my heart are so filled with my own wants and desires they are closed to the Father’s will. Just like the deaf man had to be taken off, alone with you, to receive an answer to his prayer, Lord, help me to continue to make time every day to be with you, so I might be open to receive whatever the Father wills for me, whether that is the miracle of yes or the blessing of no.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Allison Gingras

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Allison Gingras, founder www.ReconciledToYou.com (RTY); and host of A Seeking Heart on Breadbox Media weekdays 10 am ET. Allison created the “Words with” daily devotional App Series: Words with Jesus and Words with Mary. Allison offers retreats and talks on: Forgiveness; Works of Mercy; Trust and JOY!

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  1. Dalila Patrizzi on

    Dear Allison, I enjoyed this story so much. I too have a bunch of prayers that have come with a “no” from God. To answer your question, the only way we can be at peace with a no from God, is by submitting oneself to His will. By trusting Him and His providential love for us, we understand and accept whatever comes our way. We must live with a real indifference towards our state in life, not that we don’t care about what happens, but instead because we need to learn to use everything as the means to an end, that end being going to Heaven. Is this easy? Well maybe not humanly, but God will give us the graces needed if we ask for them… We are too attached to the things of this world, but when it’s time to return to our celestial Home, we won’t take not even the clothes we’re buried with… God is good all the time and by not allowing Faith’s ears to open, He may as well be protecting her from a greater evil… Only God knows. I too had a similar desire with a friend of mind who’s blind, she now is a mother of a beautiful little girl, I wish wholeheartedly for her to see her girl as I delight myself seeing the face of my son, but again, God is giving her whatever He knows is best for her soul! Thank you for sharing your story, you’re in my prayers! Xoxo

  2. Dalila Patrizzi on

    Dear Allison, I enjoyed this story so much. I too have a bunch of prayers that have come with a “no” from God. To answer your question, the only way we can be at peace with a no from God, is by submitting oneself to His will. By trusting Him and His providential love for us, we understand and accept whatever comes our way. We must live with a real indifference towards our state in life, not that we don’t care about what happens, but instead because we need to learn to use everything as the means to an end, that end being going to Heaven. Is this easy? Well maybe not humanly, but God will give us the graces needed if we ask for them… We are too attached to the things of this world, but when it’s time to return to our celestial Home, we won’t take not even the clothes we’re buried with… God is good all the time and by not allowing Faith’s ears to open, He may as well be protecting her from a greater evil… Only God knows. I too had a similar desire with a friend of mind who’s blind, she now is a mother of a beautiful little girl, I wish wholeheartedly for her to see her girl as I delight myself seeing the face of my son, but again, God is giving her whatever He knows is best for her soul! Thank you for sharing your story, you’re in my prayers! Xoxo

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