Ephphatha! – Good News for February 12

12 02 2010

Mark 7:31-37

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!” (“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.”

The Daily Path: This is one of my favorite passages in the Gospel. “He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” We also know that He makes the blind see. And in these words I see a nice analogy for the wonder of accepting God into our life.

When I finally re-embraced God after so many years, I was able to “experience” my weakness, and, as some would say, my woundedness. In this ongoing experience, God provides me with the ability to overcome them. Through Him, my eyes were opened. I’ve been given the ability to see the problems in my life from a new perspective and accept them. This isn’t SuperVision because I still miss a lot, but at least my eyes are open to seeing what I once ignored… or perhaps a better way to put that is: to see what I once hid from. And, by opening my ears to hear the Word of God, I am better able to open my mouth and reclaim the voice that will bring about change in my life.

Enjoy these passages! They illustrate the miraculous healing that God provides when we are willing to “open” ourselves to Him. Is it any wonder that the people Jesus touched couldn’t keep their mouths shut about these miracles? They were truly moved by the Good News each experienced! And so am I.





Ephphatha! – Good News for February 13

13 02 2009

Mark 7:31-37

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.”

The Daily Path: I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. For many years I was deaf to God’s messages to me. Apparently He grew tired of this after being petitioned for so long by my parents and others. So one day He said “Enough is enough.” and stuck His finger in my ear. I remain astonished how suddenly I could hear again. Now I’m proclaiming He can do all things… and does.

Room to Chat: With a long weekend of activity ahead I hope you will still find time to spend with Christ. I’m sure He likes to have fun, too.