Jesus declares, ''Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.''

This is sacrifice: handing our imperfect self over to the One who responds by handing us back our true self through his gift of self on the cross. The Lord sets before us life and death, and asks us to ''choose life'' by obediently taking up Christ's cross of death. ''Without a 'dying,' without the demise of what is simply our own, there is no communion with God and no redemption.''

Pope Benedict XVI



There is not only a physical deafness which largely cuts people off from social life: there is also a ''hardness of hearing'' where God is concerned, and this is something from which we particularly suffer in our own time. Put simply, we are no longer able to hear God - there are too many different frequencies filling our ears. What is said about God strikes us as pre-scientific, no longer suited to our age. Along with this harness of hearing or outright deafnesss where God is concerned, we naturally lose our ability to speak with him and to him. And so we end up losing a decisive capacity for perception. We risk losing our inner senses. This weakening of our capacity for perception drastically and dangerously curtails the range of our relationship with reality in general. The horizon of our life is disturbingly foreshortened....

At our baptism (Jess) touched each of us and said ''Ephphatha'' - ''Be opened'' - thus enabling us to hear God's voice and to be able to talk to him...

Let us ask the Lord with all our hearts to speak anew his ''Ephphatha'', to heal our hardness of hearing for God's presence, activity, and Word, and to give us sight and hearing. Let us ask his help in rediscovering prayer, to which he invites us in the liturgy and whose essential formula he has taught us in the Our Father.

Pope Benedict XVI



The priest is first of all a minister of the Word of God. He is consecrated and sent forth to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom to all, calling every person to the obedience of faith and leading believers to an ever-increasing knowledge of and communion in the mystery of God, as revealed and communicated to us in Christ.

Saint John Paul II



Saint Augustine, commenting on the account of the woman suffering from hemorrhages who touched Jesus and was cured (cf. Lk 8:45-46), says: To touch him with our hearts: that is, what it means to believe. The crowd presses in on Jesus, but they do not reach him with the personal touch of faith, which apprehends they mystery that he is the Son who reveals the Father. Only when we are configured to Jesus do we receive the eyes needed to see him.

Pope Francis


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