Open Ears, Open Mouths

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Jesus performs another miracle in today’s Gospel reading from Mark 7. He takes a deaf mute away from the crowds and heals him. The people were astonished and said, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

As with so many other characters that we see in Scripture, that deaf mute represents you and me. While from a physical standpoint we may be able to hear and speak, spiritually we can suffer greatly from both of those maladies. We have ears but do not hear, and tongues but do not speak. Why is that?

The answer, of course, is because we don’t want to. We’re presented with the message of the Gospel, but it doesn’t fit well with our current lifestyle or way of thinking. So we tune it out. We become deaf. We are called to speak the truth. But we’re afraid others won’t like us, or we’ll be embarrassed. And so we become mute. The solution to these maladies? The same as the deaf mute in today’s Gospel reading: Jesus! If we are open, we can allow Jesus to open our ears and our mouths. Are you open?

Father, we ask you today to have Jesus heal our deafness and open our mouths to proclaim your truth. Amen.

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  • rosemary perry: February 16, 2020

    You are too much – you are having waaaay too much fun today! Your laughter is contagious. Every day is Valentine’s Day for us after 49 years 1/14/71 was the day that forever changed our lives for the very best!
    You had better get in your car and get your bride a card – full price! Must admit you have shocked me with your miserly ways! Add some candy and flowers, too and maybe some diamonds, a new car with red bow on it, and the keys to a beach house (in case you don’t have one.) Couldn’t help my rant – just joking – from a very Valentine Bride!

  • Ken Buckholdt: February 14, 2020


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