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Nativity

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Our

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FROM THE DESK

OF OUR PASTOR

Dear Parishioners,

This coming November 4th is the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, titular saint of the society Fr. Michael, Fr. Gabriele and I belong to, that is the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo. This year is also an important one for us, because we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of our foundation.

To me, my fraternity is the most beautiful place on earth, my real home, my true face, where God wants me to be, so that I may encounter and serve Him. At the same time it seems to me that we don’t do a very good job at making people don’t know it well. For this reason I would like to write some articles in the next few weeks to present a little bit about who we are and some of the houses of our fraternity around the world. So, buckle up and off we go!

Our fraternity was founded on September 14, 1985 by Msgr. Massimo Camisasca, who was also our superior until 2012, when Pope Benedict XVI made him a bishop.

When Fr. Massimo, as we still call him, was a seminarian, he belonged to a diocesan seminary that would prepare young men to become missionary priests. That seminary closed when Fr. Massimo was about to be ordained, and so all seminarians had to decide where to go. Fr. Massimo worked in Rome for about ten years, becoming the liaison between the Vatican and the ecclesial movement of Communion and Liberation (in the next weeks I will explain what CL is as well, don’t worry!).

In 1984, CL had an important meeting with Pope St. John Paul II. During that meeting, the Pope said (almost commanded), “Go to the whole world, to bring the truth, the beauty and the peace that are met in Christ the Redeemer.” Fr. Luigi Giussani, the initiator of Communion and Liberation, told Fr. Massimo and some other people, “We need to empty the Boot!” referring to Italy, meaning that he wanted people from CL to become missionaries all over the world, obeying the invitation of the Pope.

Fr. Massimo, whose desire for mission had never died, decided that he had to do something and so he called some of his old friends from the seminary. It took almost a year to understand what to do and how to start something new in the Church. The following September, on the feast of the Exultation of the Cross, Cardinal Ugo Poletti, who was the Vicar General of the diocese of Rome, signed the document that established our fraternity. The members were Fr. Massimo and six other priests.

From the very beginning, though, they understood that what they had started wasn’t just for them, but also for others and they opened the doors to any young men who would like to share in their lives. The first seminary was in Rome, about two hundred feet from St. Mary Major. Fr. Michael was one of the very first seminarians who entered, since he was in Rome already in that November 1985. It was also clear that our mission would only be possible with what we called houses, that is, some small communities of at least three priests, like here in Colorado. The idea of a house is that we want to live together in order to be able to live our mission. For us members of the Fraternity of St. Charles mission is not something that we do, but it is simply trying to share with anyone the communion that we live in our houses. Today we have 26 houses in the whole world, with about 130 priests and over 40 seminarians. After Fr. Massimo became a bishop, he couldn’t be our superior any longer. Therefore another priest had to take his place. In 2013, Fr. Paolo Sottopietra was elected as our new superior. In a way, Pope Benedict’s choice was a great gift for us, because now we are moving our first steps after “losing” our founder without having really lost him, since he still very much in touch with us and especially with Fr. Paolo. This is a huge grace that almost none of the many, many orders in the history of the Church ever had.

Have a a great week, Fr. Accu

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LITURGICAL

SCHEDULE

Mass Times:

Weekend Masses: Saturday 4:30pm Sunday 7:30am, 9:30am, & 11:30am Youth Mass 5:00pm Daily Mass:

Monday-Friday 7:30am Saturday 8:00am Sacrament of Penance: Saturday 8:30am & 3:00pm Sunday 30 min. prior to each Mass

Pastor

Fr. Michael Carvill, ext. 114 m.carvill@nool.us

Parochial Vicar

Fr. Accursio Ciaccio, ext. 111 a.ciaccio@nool.us

In Residence

Fr. Gabriele Azzalin, ext. 101 g.azzalin@nool.us

Deacons

Leonard “Buz” Onesky l.onesky@nool.us Steve Vallero s.vallero@nool.us Sisters

Sister Elena, ext. 140 Sister Maria Anna, ext. 140 sisters@nool.us

Executive Assistant to the Pastor Diane Denfeld, ext. 106

d.denfeld@nool.us Business Manager Kyle Hubbart, ext. 108 k.hubbart@nool.us School Principal Kathy Shadel, ext. 119 k.shadel@nool.us

Director of Faith Formation Mark Thomason, ext. 104 m.thomason@nool.us Development Director Ilene DuBey, 303-641-3667 i.dubey@nool.us

Director of Religious Education Diane Irby, ext. 103

d.irby@nool.us

Director of Music Marcia Marchesi, ext. 123 m.marchesi@nool.us Parish Registrar Merrilyn Sikora, ext. 110 m.sikora@nool.us

Business Office Accountant Carol Sullivan, ext. 109 c.sullivan@nool.us

Administrator of Parish Reception and Office Operations

Jen Kuzik, ext. 100 j.kuzik@nool.us

Administrative Assistant - Front Desk Sue Gettings, ext. 100

s.gettings@nool.us

Mary Bray-Gorham, ext. 112 m.bray.gorham@nool.us IT Specialist

Jim DuBey, ext. 115 j.dubey@nool.us

Pastoral Communications Associate Mollie Sundermeier, ext. 135

m.sundermeier@nool.us

Pastoral Associate, Charity and Outreach Lynne Gallagher, ext. 101

l.gallagher@nool.us

Promoter of Works of Charity Maura Johnson

m.johnson@nool.us Parish Sacristan

Marylou Sivigliano, ext. 136 m.sivigliano@nool.us Youth Ministry Assistant Diane Denfeld, ext. 106 d.denfeld@nool.us

PARISH

OFFICE

Readings for this Week: Sunday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14, 1 Jn 3:1-3, Mt 5:1-12a

Monday: Wis 3:1-9, Rom 5:5-11, Jn 6:37-40 Tuesday: Rom 12:5-16ab, Lk 14:15-24 Wednesday: Rom 13:8-10, Lk 14:25-33 Thursday: Rom 14: 7-12, Lk 15:1-10 Friday: Rom 15: 14-21, Lk 16:1-8

Saturday: Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27, Lk 16:9-15 Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16, Heb 9:24-28, Mk 12:38-44 900 Midway Blvd. Broomfield, CO 80020 Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm www.nool.us Phone: 303-469-5171 Fax: 303-469-5172 School: 303-466-4177 BULLETIN CONTACT: Send all bulletin information to Mollie at m.sundermeier@ nool.us by Tuesdays at noon.

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Breaking Bread Music Selections: This weekend (All Saints Day): 198 728 640 212 622 Next Weekend: 11/7 11/8 302 211 614 614 529 529 698 361 641 478

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THIS WEEK

AT NATIVITY

Saturday, October 31

8:00am †Michael Gagliardi

4:30pm †All Souls by the Nguyen Family Sunday, November 1

7:30am †Rudy Perko by Art & Mary 9:30am People of the Parish

11:30am Joan Bridges by Pat Bridges

5:00pm Wes, Mallory & Declan Bugal by John Lopez Monday, November 2

7:30am †All Souls Novena Tuesday, November 3 7:30am †All Souls Novena Wednesday, November 4 7:30am †All Souls Novena Thursday, November 5 7:30am †All Souls Novena Friday, November 6 7:30am †All Souls Novena Saturday, November 7 8:00am †All Souls Novena 4:30pm †All Souls Novena Sunday, November 8 7:30am †All Souls Novena 9:30am People of the Parish 11:30am †All Souls Novena 5:00pm Karisa Bugal by John Lopez

Prayers for the sick and for the deceased:

We pray for all who are sick, and for our deceased relatives and friends that they may speedily attain the blessedness of heaven and rejoice in the eternal treasure of God’s glory and love.

If you have any prayer requests, please contact Connie Modecker at 303-404-1792 or Joanne Farver at 303-466-8859 to be included on Nativity's Prayerline.

MASS INTENTIONS WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, November 1 Choir Rehearsal 7:00am RCIC 9:30am

Pancake Breakfast 8:30am Choir Rehearsal 3:00pm CL 3:30pm

High School Youth 6:00pm Monday, November 2 GS Meeting 6:00pm SVDP Meeting 6:30pm Confirmation Rehearsal 6:00pm CL Meeting 7:00pm Tuesday, November 3

Giltners Women's Group 9:00am TOFF 9:30pm

Mary Jane's Bible Study 1:00pm RCIA 6:30pm

Venturers 6:30pm Wednesday, November 4 St. Joseph's Mens Group 5:30am LACE 8:30am Prophets Study 1:00pm Children's Choir 5:30pm Prophets Study 7:00pm Adult Choir 7:00pm Youth Choir 7:00pm Thursday, November 5

Mary Jane Bible Study 8:15am Adoration 12:00pm

Holy Hour 5:00pm; Benediction 5:55pm Confirmation Mass 7:00pm

Sojourners 7:00pm Friday, November 6 Saturday, November 7 MASH 7:00am Craft Fair 8:30am Pro-life Rosary 7:30am Choir Rehearsal 2:30pm

Trunk or Treat in Park Lot 5:30pm Sunday, November 8

Choir Rehearsal 7:00am Craft Fair 8:30am RCIC 9:30am

Choir Rehearsal 3:00pm CL 3:30pm

High School Youth 6:00pm

Collection Counters this week: Debra Rayman, John Spanich,

Jeanette Nansel, Paul Rask

Sacristy Laundry this week: Patricia Kegerreis

Collection Counters next week: Maryann Reyes, Juliet Jiracek,

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UPCOMING EVENTS

& ANNOUNCEMENTS

Look for the answer on the bulletin board on Monday!

Definition: a general term to describe the redemptive work of Christ, especially the events of the Last Supper and the Passion, reaching their climax on Easter Sunday.

Saturday, November 7, 8:30am-4:30pm Sunday, November 8, 8:30am-2:00pm

at Nativity

Profits from the Women’s Guild Craft Fair not only support our many committees, but also are used to purchase needed items for the church & other parish needs. In the recent years, our profits were used for partial funding of the convent house restoration, tablecloths for committee serving funeral dinners, steel shelving for Kitchen Storeroom, display shelf for Nativity Set in church, tabernacle for rectory chapel, a new Altar Cloth, Cope for priest’s use at Adoration, an Instinction Cup for priest’s use at 1st Communions, Ugandan High School Girl education sponsorship and special rosaries for prison ministry. Since 1990, the Guild has gifted the parish with funds totaling $35,000. Thus, your support of our Craft Fair is very important and deeply appreciated by the Women’s Guild. Thank you.

Donations of handcrafted items may be delivered to the lower lobby receptionist desk area. Volunteers are needed to greet and help at the Women’s Guild table, and to help with clean up at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday to return tables to storage. Please call Nicki Battista 303-469-0670 or Merrilyn Sikora 303-469-5171 ext. 101.

LOST AND FOUND

A garage door opener was found near the handicap entrance of the church and turned in to the front desk. Please contact the front desk to claim.

MASS INTENTIONS 2016

Beginning November 1, you will be able to schedule a Mass intention for 2016. Stop by the front desk between the hours of 8:00am-9:00pm Monday through Friday or Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm to schedule a Mass.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR

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NOVEMBER 5, 2015

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You’re Invited!

Harvest of Hope

Fundraising Luncheon

by Kailey Z. FISH Youth Advisory Board Member

Please join us for a complimentary luncheon to learn about the great things happening at Broomfield FISH!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 11:00am to 1:00pm Omni Interlocken Resort 500 Interlocken Blvd., Broomfield

Sponsorship, table host and individual seating information at

www.broomfieldfish.org

Broomfield FISH

“Fellowship in Serving Humanity”

Healthy Foods. Changing Lives.

THANK YOU FOR THE CROSSES

Our family would like to thank Joe Weibel and other participating parishioners for the beautiful cross wall that's dedicated to those who passed in 2015, including

our husband and father, Vincent P. Sweeney, Jr.

-The Sweeney family

SPECIAL COLLECTION NEXT WEEK: ARCHDIOCESE OF DENVER

SEMINARIES APPEAL

To be called by God to serve His Church as a priest is an extraordinary gift. These men will ultimately embrace Christ’s mission. Your gift to the Annual Seminaries’ Appeal – which will be conducted at all parishes next weekend – will ensure that the men studying at our two nationally-recognized seminaries receive an unparalleled education and fruitful formation in their discernment process. Please let your gift be a reflection of your deep faith and love of the Church. Nativity will contribute a given amount from parish tithing, but if you wish to make a further contribution, please put your offering in a white envelope and mark it for this collection.

ALL SOULS DAY OFFERINGS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Commemoration of all the faithful departed. Souls of the dead will be prayed for at the prayers of the faithful. The priests of Nativity of Our Lord will be the recipients of All Souls offerings.

Donations of hats, scarves, gloves, and socks are needed. Please drop your donations off in the Samaritan House donation bin in the closet near the front desk.

THE GIVING TREE

The Giving Tree, sponsored by the Women's Guild, will be going up in the gathering area on Saturday, November 28, 2015 and we want to be sure all families

with special needs--but especially children--receive our aid. If you know of a parish family that needs our help, please contact Jen or Mary at the front desk or call 303-469-5171.

Go to our website, www.nool.us,

and sign up for Flocknote if you want

to receive up-to-date information about Nativity! We communicate with

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YOUNG ADULTS BIBLE STUDY AND DINNER

Sojourners, Nativity's young adult group, is made up of post-high school adults and intended for fellowship and learning more about the Catholic faith together. Join us on Thursdays at

7:00pm for book study and fellowship. No preparation is required. The meetings will be held

at the Frassati house (580 West 3rd Avenue Drive) and dinner will be provided. Questions? Contact Mollie at m.sundermeier@nool.us.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP

Venturers, Nativity's Middle School Youth Group, meets Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm. Sixth, seventh, and eigth graders are welcome and encouraged to join us at the Frassati house (580 West 3rd Avenue Drive) for games, fellowship and a talk led by Father Accu. For more information, email Mollie at m.sundermeier@nool.us or Diane at d.denfeld@nool.us. Newcomers welcome! See you there!

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP

All high schoolers are invited to join us on Sunday evenings for our weekly meetings. Meetings are from

6:00-8:00pm at the Frassati house. Join us for fellowship, dinner, games, and discussion with Father Michael! We are

currently reading Christ, God's Companionship with Man by Giussani. Newcomers are always welcome! Questions, contact Diane at d.denfeld@nool.us or Mollie at m.sundermeier@nool.us.

CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2016 NOW OPEN

Confirmation registration for Quarters B and C (spring 2016) are now open! Please note Quarter C candidates will attend Sealed and Sent with Archbishop Aquila. Registration forms can be found on the wall by the front desk or online at nool.us.

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

NATIVITY WIDOWS

Brunch will be on November 11 at 11:00am. The brunch will be at Egg and I in Broomfield. Please RSVP by noon on Monday, November 9th. All widows are welcome. Call Mary Baylie at 303-466-1125 or Genny Lane at 303-466-9377.

NATIVITY SCHOOL- EIGHTH GRADE SPEECH MEET

Fourteen eighth grade students participated and represented Nativity in the Archdiocesan Speech Association 8th Grade

Open Speech Meet on Saturday, October 24th, at Bishop Machebeuf High School. The students competed in

two categories, speechmaking and impromptu. For speechmaking, each student had written a speech, and for impromptu, the students drew a topic slip from an envelope. Each student received a 4X6 notecard and had five minutes to write a speech. Great job to Cavin Alderfer, Haley Almeida, Olivia Angel, Marrissa Avila, Gwynne Duchene, Jack Elliot, Cara Fabian, Megan Harvey, Maham Malik, Saran Malik, Naomi Martinez, Anja Mook, Sally Napierkowski, and Kate Shoulders.

WOMEN'S GUILD MEETING

The next meeting of the Women’s Guild will be on Monday, November 9, 2015 in Weibel II Hall at 7:00 p.m. All women of the parish are encouraged and welcome to attend! Come, find out how we fared on the Craft Fair fundraiser. Questions – call Nicki Battista 303-469-0670.

ALTAR SERVERS

We welcome all boys and girls from the third grade up to be altar servers at Nativity. If you have any interest in serving, we invite you to fill out the form found at www.nool.us on the "Children" or "Middle Schoolers" page

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Online Giving

Nativity participates in an online giving program that serves as a consistent, reliable means of making your offering to our parish.

To give online:

1. Visit our website www.nool.us.

2. Click on the Online Giving button on the right sidebar. 3. Complete the registration.

Questions?

Contact Kyle Hubbart at

k.hubbart@nool.us.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 10961 NEWS

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast will be held after the 7:30 and 9:30am Masses on Sunday, November 1st. Everyone is welcome. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee, milk and juice. Recommended donation is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children to 6 to 12 years old, or $15.00 per family. Children under 5 years old are free.

For more information on the Knights of Columbus or becoming a Knight Please contact Jacob Starkovich at 720-937-4293 or visit kofc10961.org

FISH NEEDS DONATIONS

There will be a holiday food drive for the Fish

Food Bank in Broomfield on November 7th and

November 8th after each of the Masses. The

Knights of Columbus will pick up the donated food items, and we encourage parishioners, who have the financial means, to participate in this twice-yearly event. The food stocks are usually running low before the upcoming holidays, and it would be

so wonderful if Nativity could deliver canned and boxed items to our local Fish Food Bank. For those that prefer donating gift cards that can be used for turkeys or hams, we ask that you use $10 gift card denominations from your local King Soopers store for the convenience of the recipients. Thank you for your anticipated support! If you have any questions, you may call Bill Neese at 303-734-2234.

BRING DONATIONS NEXT WEEK!

GROWING HOME

Nativity will be hosting the Growing Home families from December 6th through December 12th. This Ministry has been active at Nativity for the last 12 years. We host families for one week at a time, four times a year. These are newly homeless families who just need some time and assistance to get back on their feet. We are always ready to welcome new volunteers and greatly appreciate our loyal long time volunteers. Any questions please call Pam Detlefsen at 303-466-5226 or by email at pamdetlefsen@gmail.com.

PART TIME SEASONAL

EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Angel Haus Inc, a non profit organization established to provide employment for persons with disabilities, is seeking persons, especially those with psychiatric conditions, who would like to work with a Nativity display art project through the pre-Christmas season. Contact David Arling, parishioner, cell 719-250-2775.

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OPPORTUNITIES BEYOND THE PARISH

CONSIDERING A RELIGIOUS VOCATION?

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles are having an annual Come-and-See Retreat beginning Friday, November 6th 2015 to Sunday, November 8th, 2015. The location will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Convent in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. This weekend retreat is for single women, between the ages of 18 to 35, who would like to take some time to seriously discern if God may be calling them to Religious Life. For more information, please visit www.carmelitesistersocd.com or contact Sister Celine, O.C.D. via email at beautyofcarmel1@outlook.com or call us at 303-422-6419.

Be sure to go to our website, www.nool.us, and sign up for Flocknote to receive current information! FALL CATHOLIC SPEED DATING

Age 30-40 is 1-3:30 p.m. 11/7 at Arvada's Beau Jo’s; Age 35-55 is 1-3:30 p.m. 11/14, Gaetano’s, Denver. Cost: $30-45 (see web site) and includes foods/ sodas/teas. Space limited. RSVP required. RSVP: DateCatholic@aol.com or 720-309-5321. Info and payment tab is at event page

DenverCatholicSpeedDate.com.

NORTH METRO CATHOLIC SINGLES

North Metro Catholic Singles will have a meeting November 5, 2015 at 7:00pm at Nativity of Our Lord. Please contact Sue 303-465-1593 or Mary Jo 303-457-8289 with questions.

EVENING OF HOPE GALA

Join us for the Evening of Hope Gala, benefiting Seeds of Hope, Saturday, November 21, 2015 | Brown Palace Hotel | 5:30 pm. Guest Speaker: Rachel Campos Duffy. Rachel is an accomplished author and national television personality who regularly explores the intersection of living her Catholic faith with politics, culture and parenting. The mission of Seeds of Hope is to make the tremendous benefit of Catholic education available to economically disadvantaged students concentrated in the inner city of Denver. For more information please contact Natalie Mesko 720.476.7470 | natalie.mesko@tcfalliance.org | www.seedsofhopedenver.org.

Online Giving

To give online:

1. Visit our website at www.nool.us.

2. Click on the Online Giving button on the right. 3. Complete the registration.

Questions?

ContactKyle Hubbart at k.hubbart@nool.us

Nativity participates in an online giving program that serves as a consistent, reliable means of making your offering to our parish.

GET TO KNOW THE SAINTS

EWTN is a great resource to learn more about your Catholic Faith! Programming features devotionals, teaching series, kids' programming, daily news, and special events - including movies and documentaries on the lives of the great saints who have gone before us. If you want to be saint, don't miss the opportunity! EWTN is here to help! Log on to www.ewtn.com to learn more!

MILITARY VETERAN MASS

A Mass for Military Veterans and First Responders will be held on Friday November 6, 2015 at 10am in the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Archbishop Aquila is the celebrant. Please rsvp to john.miller@archden.org or 303-715-3162; Military Veterans and First Responders please wear your uniform.

Be sure to go to our website, www.nool.us, and sign

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HOLY FATHER’S

GENERAL AUDIENCE

and places himself in communication with humanity. In his immense mercy, he overcomes the abyss of the infinite difference between him and us, and comes to meet us. To bring about this communication with man, God becomes man. It is not enough for him to speak to us through the law and the prophets, but instead he makes himself present in the person of his Son, the Word made flesh. Jesus is the great “bridge-builder” who builds in himself the great bridge of full communion with the Father.

But this Gospel speaks to us also about ourselves: Often we are drawn up and closed in on ourselves, and we create many inaccessible and inhospitable islands. Even the most basic human relationships can sometimes create realities incapable of reciprocal openness: the couple closed in, the family closed in, the group closed in, the parish closed in, the country closed in. And this is not from God! This is from us. This is our sin.

However, at the beginning of our Christian life, at baptism, it is precisely this gesture and word of Jesus that are present: “Ephphatha!” “Be opened!”. And behold the miracle has been worked. We are healed of the deafness of selfishness and the impediment of being closed in on ourselves, and of sin, and we have been inserted into the great family of the Church. We can hear God who speaks to us and communicates his Word to those who have never before heard it, or to the one who has forgotten it and buried it in the thorns of the anxieties and the traps of the world.

Let us ask the Virgin Mary, a woman of listening and of joyful testimony, that she sustain us in the commitment to profess our faith and to communicate the wonders of the Lord to those we find along our way.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!

The Gospel today (Mk 7:31-37) recounts Jesus’ healing of a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, an incredible event that shows how Jesus reestablishes the full communication of man with God and with other people. The miracle is set in the region of the Decapolis, that is, in a completely pagan territory; thus, this deaf man who is brought before Jesus becomes the symbol of an unbeliever who completes a journey to faith. In effect, his deafness expresses the inability to hear and to understand, not just the words of man, but also the Word of God. And St Paul reminds us that “faith comes from what is heard” (Rom 10:17).

The first thing that Jesus does is take this man far from the crowd: He doesn’t want to publicize this deed he intends to carry out, but he also doesn’t want his word to be lost in the din of voices and the chatter of those around. The Word of God that Christ brings us needs silence to be welcomed as the Word that heals, that reconciles and reestablishes communication.

Then we are told about two gestures Jesus makes. He touches the ears and the tongue of the deaf man. To reestablish a relationship with this man whose communication is “impeded”, he first seeks to reestablish contact. But the miracle is a gift that comes from on high, which Jesus implores from the Father. That’s why he raises his eyes to the heavens and orders, “Be opened”. And the ears of the deaf man are opened, the knot of his tongue is untied and he begins to speak correctly (cf. v. 35).

The lesson we can take from this episode is that God is not closed in on himself, but instead he opens himself

POPE FRANCIS

SAINT PETER'S SQUARE SEPTEMBER 6, 2015

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