Gospel Reflections

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Mark 7:31-37

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Michela Sheehan

Published: September 06, 2015

Read Mark 7:31-37

Again 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... Read More…


This story is similar to many others relating a cure by Jesus, and it is wonderful in its telling. We rejoice with the cured gentleman and with his friends who brought him to Jesus. The last few lines about Jesus are particularly striking: “He did all things well.”

Years ago a junior religion class required students to write an epitaph for themselves, telling how they would like to be remembered after death. Students eagerly began to think and write; boys mentioned achievements in sports, and girls were gentle, speaking of education and motherhood. All efforts were positive; the exercise was enjoyable, and the sharing was serious as a hush fell throughout the classroom.

Let’s go back to the words spoken about Jesus: “He did all things well.” How can we imitate Jesus? Surely it is difficult for anyone to do all things well. And yet, there is much we CAN do:

  • a kind word
  • a smile
  • a pat on the back
  •  a “Can I help?”
  • recognition of another’s worth
  • going the extra step with a forgotten one
  • gratitude for a simple kindness
  • reaching out when a need is evident
  • stepping up and speaking encouraging words
  • reacting positively to someone’s pain

These are “little” things that do not require time and effort but give immediate care and comfort. These “little” things become part of us; we act almost without thinking. We become familiar with putting others before ourselves; we do not realize the results of our actions. We begin to do all things well.

Reflection

Take a moment and review the last few days…How are you “doing things well” as Jesus did?

As we grow older there are more ways to reach out as Jesus did. We are able to

  • volunteer at a food bank,
  • help in the local library, schools, hospitals,
  • provide opportunities to give care and concern to ordinary people in need.

We will not feed 5000, but we will do our part.

We will not give great sermons, but we will do our part.

We will not teach a multitude, but we will do our part.

We will not heal the sick, but we will do our part.

Reflection

What will you do to “do all things well?" What will be written on your epitaph?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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