Today on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Readings for the Day) Jesus says to the deaf and mute man, "Ephphatha, be opened!"
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Eve listened to the serpent with her ears and believed his lie to look at the fruit with her eyes, grasping it with her hands, smelling it's odor, and tasting it, she used all senses to fall away from God and with her all her children. Since then, the senses have always been a doorway for sin. With the senses the disordered appetites, passions, and emotions also are a gateway to sin. For this reason Isaiah the prophet in the first reading prophesied of the Messiah:
The eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.
We are proud and arrogant. Like Eve, we tend to believe our own ego rather than God. We therefore need to be humbled. A lot. Sufferings are sent our way all the time so that we are humbled before God and start to believe him rather than our own foolish rash judgments and spurious thoughts. Let's make it easy on ourselves and humble ourselves before God first, accepting the words of Jesus, "those who say they can see are truly blind."
Only in the blindness of faith, where we accept as true the revelation of God's Word, transmitted to us faithful and fully only by the triple cord of the Scriptures, Tradition, and the Magisterium, do we truly see God. When our eyes are adjusted, then we begin to see God everywhere and in everyone all the time. St James speaks of the spiritual blindness in the second reading of not greeting Christ in the poor. You will see his poverty all day long if you want to. He is in your neighbor waiting and thirsting for your love. Only by the Word spoken by Jesus in the Scriptures proclaimed in the Liturgy and by the frequent and devout reception of the Holy Eucharist will we be given the strength to love Love's Poverty in the disguise of human poverty. Look therefore in your spouse, in your children, in your parents, in your family, friends, co-workers. See God in them and respond to their needs thus loving God disguised in your neighbor.
May Our Lady help us to respond generously to the poor.