February 14, 2014
(Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop)
The people brought to him (Jesus) 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, Mk 7:31-37
Ephphatha – pronounced eff-eh-tha, that “Be Opened” to God proclamation from this encounter of the deaf man with Jesus has been incorporated into our baptismal rite today. It’s a good reminder to always be opened to listening to and following the will of our Lord. And that will is that everything we think and do emanates out of our Love for God and one for another.
Beautiful words, beloved.
And happy St. Valentine’s day too!
I LOVE YOU!
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