Family Faith Activities – September 9 – The Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel today, the deaf man not only cannot hear, but because of this, is also closed off from the community. He is dependent on others for many needs and does not fit into society. This Gospel is about “hearing,” but also “belonging.” His friends bring him to Jesus, who, rather than just speaking a word, heals sacramentally — touch, gesture, word, and even spittle! Now the man can hear and is opened to a whole new world, taking up his place and responsibilities in the community.

This man is set free to hear and proclaim God’s message of love and mercy. We learn today that Jesus’ mission is to be of service to all — the handicapped, disabled, suffering, and even the Gentiles. No one is rejected because of their differences. This is what we, too, are called to do — to be open to the needs of all, with no place or room for prejudice. We must take people as we find them, whether we like them or not, agree with them or not, for all are God’s people, and God has touched each one of us.

Can you imagine what new possibilities might open to us if we meet and hear the words Jesus has for us? Pray that we, like the deaf man, have our ears opened to hear what Jesus wants us to hear.

Gather your family and recall a time when a family member was ill. What did you do
for them? How does it feel to care for a sick person? To be a sick person?

Read Mark 7:31-37 and discuss:
What was wrong with the man who Jesus cured?
How did Jesus heal him?
What did the people watching do?
What do you think were the man’s first words to Jesus?

Ears and Voice Activity: Create two lists for the family fridge or your prayer table. On
one, write, “With my ears I heard,” and on the other, “With my voice I said.” Invite your family to write things they hear and say in the coming week that express faith in and love of God and neighbor. For example: “With my ears I heard the birds singing,” or “With my voice I said thanks to Dad.”

Concluding Prayer: Caring God, You want us to be healthy and happy. Thank You for hearing our prayers for those who are sick. Amen.Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmail

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