September 9, 2018
(23rd Sunday Ordinary Time, B)
Jesus took the deaf and mute man 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. Mk_7:31-37
Some things just have to be done – away from the madding crowds! Jesus knew that this healing would astound them. And He wasn’t doing it for the fanfare! Somewhere mixed in with the need for entertainment on the part of those asking for the healing, there was a hint of faith. Somewhere there were true sighs that it really worked! A husband was returned whole. A father was now communicative again. And Jesus truly IS – the Messiah!
It’s all about faith, and ephphatha, being open!
Link to today’s homily:
A Touch of Communication
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