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Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

My dear encountered couples:

I’m sure you know people whom you think are not too bright. Maybe you look upon them as being ill-informed, ill-advised, or just plain ill. But aren’t we all? We all have our dumb sides. We all are blank on some issues, have little knowledge on others, and are completely mistaken on still others. Hopefully we all have something about which we know a lot and know the truth. When it comes to the things of God, we all have a lot to learn.

A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to Jesus. The man couldn’t hear; therefore, he could not speak well. For when he spoke, he couldn’t hear what he was saying, he didn’t know what he was saying, and so he garbled it. We all are deaf in some ways about some things, and when we attempt to voice our knowledge of those things, we make a very poor showing. Let’s face it. When it comes to some subjects, we just don’t know what we’re talking about. We open our mouths and amaze people with our stupidity. Those times can be good for us.

There’s nothing like the embarrassment of being with people who make us sound and feel like fools. But it happens to everybody sooner or later. Instead of wanting to crawl under a table, or becoming angry, try to be grateful for those occasions. Humility is something we all need, and what better way to get it than being made to realize we are lacking in some way. Appreciate people who know more than you. They are gifts from God to help you to heaven.

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