FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 12, 2021
Friday – Week Five
WORD of the DAY
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 him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”) And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. They were exceedingly astonished and they said, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (Mark 7: 31 -37)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus heals a deaf mute. He does it discreetly, away from the eyes of onlookers who could have misunderstood His action by mistaking it for a magical gesture. Indeed, in the way in which the evangelist presents it to us, it would lend itself to being understood in this way. But ‘Ephphatha’ is not a magic word. Rather, it is a wish, the same one that the Church of all times makes to the children who are born to new life in the baptismal font. Opening the ear and the tongue means opening the channels of communication. Without communication, Jesus seems to tell us, there can be no true communion. You cannot live as children and brothers/sisters if you remain closed in your own isolation. Jesus opens our ears and eyes to help us live fully according to the Father’s plan.
Help us, Lord, to always leave the channels of communication open with You and with everyone. Make sure that, by listening to Your Word every day, we learn to listen to each other and to exchange words that testify to friendship and fraternal love. Amen.
The Voice of Pope Francis Angelus 9 September 2018
Jesus revealed to us the secret of a miracle that we too can repeat, becoming protagonists of the Ephphatha, of that word “Be opened” with which He gave back the word and hearing to the deaf mute. It is a question of opening ourselves to the needs of our brothers and sisters who are suffering and in need of help, avoiding selfishness and a closed heart. It is precisely the heart, that is the deep core of the person, that Jesus came to “open”, to free, to enable us to fully live the relationship with God and with others.
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