Reflection on Mark 7:31-37 ~
A decade ago, when I put my hearing aids on for the first time, sounds that I had never heard before overwhelmed me with tears of joy. One of the most beautiful was the music of evening tree frogs. Years earlier, after deep prayer another disability began being offset by Jesus’s compassion, allowing me to read out loud without jumbling words for the first time. No doubt like the crowd, when appropriate, I tell the stories of how I have been astounded beyond measure after I said Yes to the Lord.
Mark 7 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Cures a Deaf Man
31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 7:31-37.