Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost- Week 18 in Ordinary Time

& archive, Year B.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You call us to come
To be with you,
And to learn trust, faith.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear your voice in the midst of trouble.
Help me to follow you in all of life,
To walk in the joy and freedom of the resurrection,
Indwelt and led by your Pentecost Spirit.
Amen

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Week 18 in Ordinary Time

As we follow Jesus, we realize that he is taking an indirect road back to Capernaum, walking north to Sidon and then on through the region of the Decapolis before turning south to Galilee. This is an extended time of retreat, away from the crowds who desire his attention and ministry, and the hostility of the Jewish leaders. But more than that, Jesus knows that soon he will be telling his closest followers about his suffering and death (see Mark 8:31 ff). Soon he will begin another walk: the walk south to Jerusalem where he will “undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed.”

But even as he seeks solitude, people seek him out and ask for Jesus’ help. They bring a deaf man to him, who is unable to speak clearly, and beg Jesus to lay hands on him.

Enter the narrative now, and be present as Jesus cares for the needs of this man.

Watch.

Listen.

Be aware of Jesus’ response, and Jesus’ presence to God, as well as the deaf
man who cannot speak clearly.

We are also in need of Jesus’ help in opening our ears so that we can hear, and then
Know how to speak.

Isaiah speaks of his own experience:

The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of one who is taught,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens –
wakens my ear
to listen a those who are taught.
The Lord GOD has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward. Isaiah 50:4 – 5

Become aware of how God “wakens your ear to listen” and how you become taught by God. How does God “open your ear”, and how do you respond? In what way do you notice God’s guidance and opening up of your own “ear”, shaping how you listen and respond to others?

Prayer before reading:

Lord Jesus Christ,
You come to us
In the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Help me to be aware of how you come,
To be hospitable to your help,
To your patient work of helping me hear
With the ears of my heart.
Lead me in your Way.

Amen

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Week 18 in Ordinary Time

  • 9/3 Monday: Mark 7:31-35
  • 9/4 Tuesday: Mark 7:36-37
  • 9/5 Wednesday: Psalm 146
  • 9/6 Thursday: Isaiah 35:4-7a
  • 9/7 Friday: James 2:1-17
  • 9/8 Saturday: Mark 7:31-35
  • 9/9 Sunday: Mark 7:36-37