February 11 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Mark 7:31-37

A reading from the gospel according to Mark 7:31-37:

31 Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis.
32 And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him.
33 He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue;
34 then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)
35 And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.
36 He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it.
37 They were exceedingly astonished and they said, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Reflection: The deaf hear and the mute speak

God gave us two ears for hearing and a mouth for speaking. How do we use them? What voices do we hear? What kind of words do we utter? Many times we use our organs such as ears and mouth to commit sin and thereby separate us from God. It would have been better to be deaf and mute. Yet, what kind of world we live in if our ears cannot hear and our mouth cannot speak!

In today’s world, the advance of science has allowed people with hearing and speech impediments to live normally. What about those who are spiritually deaf? They hear but do not understand (Isaiah 6:9). Only the Holy Spirit can help them. Likewise, our mouth may function well but we choose to speak evil rather than courageously proclaim the goodness of the Lord.

Jesus is our hope. May we allow Him to touch and open our ears to hear His voice and also our mouth to boldly speak His words to others, and to testify for all the good things He has done. More importantly, may we open our heart to receive Him and allow Him to change our life that we may be more and more like Him.

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Gospel Reading and Reflection for February 11, 2022
Gospel Reading and Reflection for February 11, 2022

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