Impediments to God’s Grace

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For 11 February 2022, Friday of week 5 in Ordinary Time, based on Mark 7:31-37

Jesus returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Barbara Schwarz OP

Barbara Schwarz is a Dominican Sister of Amityville. She is an artist and member of the Dominican Institute for the Arts. Barbara’s work reflects a deep sense of justice and a profound love of color. She does workshops, days of prayer, and art as meditation with groups. Barbara has been a presenter at the Dominican College and Youth Preaching Conferences.