February 15, 2019
Jesus, if God the Father is love, we can understand why You embody God’s compassion. When You became a man Your hands were God’s hands touching the sick. Your words were God’s words lifting up the fallen sinner. Your voice was God’s voice of hope calling out to the lost sheep and the prodigal sons of Your day. Amen.
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.”
Our Lady of the Snows Votive Candle
When a Votive Candle is lit, the flame and smoke represent prayers being lifted up to Heaven. This wonderful devotion has been part of our faith for centuries. At the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Votive Candles are lit for persons in need of healing.