Sunday, September 09, 2012

Ephphetha, be opened


The gospel today is from the book of Gospel: Mk 7:31–37. Again Jesus set out; from the country of Tyre he passed through Sidon and skirting the sea of Galilee he came to the territory of Decapolis. There a deaf man who also had difficulty in speaking was brought to him. They asked Jesus to lay his hand upon him. Jesus took him apart from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then, looking up to heaven, he groaned and said to him, “Ephphetha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak clearly. Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone, but the more he insisted on this, the more they proclaimed it. The people were completely astonished and said, “He has done all things well; he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.”
Ephphetha - means be opened. My personal reflection about the gospel today can be related to the modern times wherein most people are so obsessed with the material world. They try to be deaf to reality. It is about opening our personal senses clearing our thoughts and opening our minds to the real world. God wants us to open ourselves to the truth and make it part of our spiritual experience with Him.

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