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'They brought to him a deaf man . . .' Sunday Reflections, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Mark 7:31-37 in Filipino Sign Language GospelMark 7:31-37 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada) 
Then 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 Jesusordered 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.”
Man in Sorrow, Van Gogh, April-May 1890 Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands [Web Gallery of Art]Old 
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