Gospel of Mark 7:31-37
‘Ephphatha’ that is, ’Be Opened’
Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’
And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’
I enter the Gospel scene with imaginative contemplation. Paying particular notice to my sense of touch.
I feel the excitement of the crowd and their energy about what Jesus might be able to do for me.
I feel many hands, some strangers pull me forward toward Jesus.
I feel Jesus hands touch my head, laying his hands on me in prayer.
I feel Jesus put his arm around me and walk away with me in private and be one on one.
I feel his eyes hold my trembling heart.
I feel his gentle fingers inside my stone deaf ears and then,
I feel him gently guide my mouth open with his hand on my jaw as he gestures to me to point my tongue out.
I feel him touch my spasmed tongue.
I feel healing love penetrate my being as he looks up to heaven and sighs.
I feel open to him.
I can hear him and I can speak to him now.
I feel open to love in a way I had only ever imagined.
I feel a new energy.
I feel drawn to share this love experience of being opened with others in our beautiful but troubled world.