TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Gospel: Mk 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 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.”
Be Opened: God always talks to us through the Scriptures read in every celebration of the holy Mass. Most times however, we neither hear nor pay attention to God’s Word. For example, how many of us remember where the second reading came from last Sunday, and what the message was? If we do not remember, it is a sign that the “ear” of our hearts needs to be opened to hear, accept and let the Word of God guide our lives. A person who does not let the word of God guide them is “deaf”. Such deafness can only be healed by Christ who helps us to be open to the Word of God. Once Christ has healed a person, the person will go out to proclaim the great deeds heard and witnessed from Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to be always open to your word.