Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Scholastica (10th February, 2017) on the Gospel and the Memorial
(Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (I))
Ps 31:1-2.5-7 (R. v.1);
Saint Scholastica, twin sister of Saint Benedict, was born in 480 of wealthy parents. She founded a religious community for women near Monte Cassino at Plombariola. The twins visited each other once a year in a farmhouse because Benedict was not permitted inside the monastery. According to the Dialogues of St. Gregory the Great, they spent their last day together in prayer and conversation. Scholastica sensed her death was close at hand and she begged Benedict to stay with her until the next day but he refused because it was against his own Rule. She asked God and a severe thunderstorm broke out, preventing Benedict and his monks from returning to the abbey. Benedict cried out, “God forgive you, Sister. What have you done?” She replied, “I asked a favour of you and you refused. I asked it of God and he granted it.” Three days later, Benedict saw the soul of his sister rising heavenward in the form of a white dove. He buried her in the tomb he had prepared for himself.
Topic: Turn to God.
Today’s gospel tells us how a deaf man who also had an impediment in his speech was brought to Jesus for healing.
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.
Jesus looked up to heaven because “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Ps 124:8). And the prophet Isaiah rightly noted that those “… who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Is 40:31).
We all need the healing touch of Jesus in different areas of our lives. That Jesus who restored the wholeness of the man that was brought to Him is still at work and wants each and every one of us to come to Him with our joys, pains, sorrows, disappointments, heartbreaks, and so on. He can and is also willing to restore all of us to wholeness because He came that we may have life and have it in full, cf. Jn 10:10.
Jesus turned to the Father in today’s gospel. Saint Scholastica also turned to God when her brother refused her request. And for us to be healed, we must follow their example and turn to God in every circumstance.
Bible Reading: Is 35: 1-6; Rom 10:5-21.
Thought for today: In every circumstance, turn to God.
Let us pray: Lord, we plead with you to heal every part of our body that we may praise you fully – Amen.
Saint Scholastica – Pray for us.
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