The Healing of a Deaf Man

September 5, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

IS 35:4-7A PS 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10 JAS 2:1-5

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MK 7:31-37

Again Jesus left the district of Tyre

and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,

into the district of the Decapolis.

And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment

and begged him to lay his hand on him.

He took him off by himself away from the crowd.

He put his finger into the man’s ears

and, spitting, touched his tongue;

then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,

“Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” —

And immediately the man’s ears were opened,

his speech impediment was removed,

and he spoke plainly.

He ordered them not to tell anyone.

But the more he ordered them not to,

the more they proclaimed it.

They were exceedingly astonished and they said,

“He has done all things well.

He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”


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Bl. Vilmos Apor (Feast Day May 23) 

1892 - 1945

Vilmos Apor de Altorja was a Hungarian Roman Catholic bishop, born in Ségesvár, Transylvania (at that time, Hungary, now Romania). He was a baron in the noble Apor Family and served as a bishop during World War II. He became famous for his steadfast commitment to the poor. During the persecution of the Jews, he actively defended the persecuted and employed all his contacts in favor of those seeking refuge; the episcopal estates, convents and hospitals gave shelter to the needy. He was a gentle and kind person and dedicated himself to opposing both communism and Nazism. He used his sermons as a chance to condemn them, though coming at a great personal risk to himself. On Good Friday 1945, he sacrificed his life for his faithful while defending the women hidden in the cellar of the episcopal palace against abuse from violent Soviet soldiers. The bullets that penetrated his body formed the shape of a cross. 


The beatification process opened on 5 March 1991 and culminated after Pope John Paul II presided over the beatification in Saint Peter's Square on November 9, 1997. 


Take time to chat

⦁ Imagine you are the man in the story. What is it like to encounter Jesus so intimately?

⦁ Consider the people who brought the deaf man to Jesus. How are we called to be like them?

⦁ Why do you think Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone about the healing?

⦁ Bl. Vilmos Apor sacrificed his life defending others. Share a time when you defended someone from harm or harsh words.


Recipe of the week

Banana Cake

Bananas have lots of potassium and magnesium which promote hearing health. Here’s an enjoyable way to add bananas to your diet today.

1 2/3 cups sugar

2/3 cup shortening

3 eggs

1 ¼ cups bananas (ripe and mashed)

2/3 cups buttermilk

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)

1 ¼ tsp baking powder

1 ¼ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Put flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Cream shortening & sugar. Add eggs, bananas and buttermilk. Add dry ingredients and mix until just blended.

Pour into a 13x9 or 2 8-inch round pans. Bake for 30 minutes. Check every 5 minutes after that until toothpick comes out clean in middle


Family Fun

Incredible Accomplishments

Today, help your family appreciate two people in history who experienced hearing loss and have done great things.

Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most famous composers that ever lived. He was profoundly deaf, but that didn’t stop him from composing his world-renowned music. Beethoven had lost 60% of his hearing by the age of 31 and became completely deaf at 46. Beethoven continued to write music even when deaf. He wrote his famous 5th Symphony as he was losing his hearing. You can listen to a 7-minute excerpt of this piece here:

Thomas Edison was quite possibly the greatest inventor of all time. Many of his inventions have improved the quality of our modern day lives. During his career Edison’s inventions included the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera. Thomas Edison was completely deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other. He believed that his deafness was a benefit to his work, as it would help keep conversations short so that he could have more time for work! Plan a trip to Greenfield Village to see Edison’s laboratory and more!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

5 Finger Prayer

We hear in today’s Gospel of Jesus using his finger to heal the deaf man. Pope Francis created a 5-Finger prayer where each finger has a specific intention. Name the intention for that finger and then allow family members to share any intentions they have in that area.

⦁ Thumb: Pray for those closest to you.

⦁ Index Finger: Pray for those who heal, instruct, and teach you, that God may help them as they direct others.

⦁ Middle Finger: Pray for those in authority, like our government leaders, that God may guide them.

⦁ Ring Finger: Pray for the weak among us—the poor, the sick, the excluded, and those facing other difficulties.

⦁ Pinkie Finger: Pray for yourself. It is easier to pray for your needs once you have prayed for the other four areas.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The lectors and the priest or deacon proclaim the Word of God from the ambo. Where is the ambo located in your parish?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Look for opportunities this week to defend someone who is being treated unfairly.

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Fun Facts!

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There is a prayer that is said at the Ritual of Baptism shortly after the actual baptism has taken place called the Ephphatha (be opened) prayer. As the celebrant touches the ears and then the mouth of the child, he prays, “May the Lord Jesus who made the deaf hear and the mute speak grant that you may soon receive his word with your ears and profess the faith with your lips to the glory and praise of God the Father. Amen.”