5th Week of Ordinary Time (15th February, 2019)
First Reading: Gen 3:1-8
Gospel: Mk 7:31-37
Jesus was in the district of Tyre and was moving towards Galilei in the region of Decapolis. Then the crowds brought him a deaf man who could neither speak to Jesus for laying his hands on him so that he could speak and hear. Jesus called him aside in private and touched this ear and touched his tongue with spittle and then said looking at the heavens Ephphatha…means open. No sooner the deaf started to hear and his tongue was loosened and he could speak clearly. people were astonished by this. But Jesus didn’t want them not to speak about this in public. But the more he warned, the more they spoke about it.
In astonishment, people said” HE makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak”
It is evident from the words of Jesus that HE is not seeking publicity. Then the only reason to heal people is to help them recover and to proclaim the glory of God.
What is in it for the common man? His faith increases and his humility multiplies many folds that we are able to surrender all our weaknesses to HIM.
Along with the deep-rooted faith, we need to have the confidence to ask in absolute submission.
In Luke 11:11, it is written…
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?
This verse will give us the confidence to ask the Lord and HE will grant. Amen.