TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year B

Gospel: Mark 7:31-37

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

Jesus left the region of Tyre and returned by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Ten Cities.  Some people brought a person who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and begged Jesus to lay hands on that person.  Jesus took the individual aside, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the deaf ears and, spitting, touched the mute tongue with the saliva.  Then Jesus looked up to heaven and, with a deep sigh, said, “Ephphatha!” – that is, “Be opened!”  At once the deaf ears were opened and the impediment cured; the one who had been healed began to speak plainly.  Then Jesus enjoined them strictly not to tell anyone; but the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it.  Their amazement went beyond all bounds: “He has done everything well!  He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak!”

The Good News as spoken through Mark.

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