“Then looking up to heaven He sighed; and 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” (Mark 7: 34-35).
This miracle of Jesus, like all other miracles, was not intended to be a “show” to attract attention or followers. They were all tied to His mission of establishing God’s Kingdom for the liberation and salvation of mankind. The “un-named man” in our story is a metaphor for those lonely, scorned and ridiculed men and women who are physically challenged in different ways; those beggars we pass by without a look. The “un-named man” represents us too in our deafness and dumbness to the cries of the poor and the needy. The “un-named man” is the world we live in today that is ravaged by devilish deafness and dumbness that churns out divisions, conflicts wars, structural injustice and institutionalised crimes. Today we are called to present ourselves to Jesus and to bring forth others and to offer our fractured world to Him so that He may open our ears and loosen the ligaments of our tongues, and most especially our hearts that we all can listen, hear, live out and speak His Word so that there will be a healing for us all.
Lord Jesus Christ, we come in our weaknesses to seek Your wholeness and strength. Look kindly upon us, touch us and heal us so that we may become agents of healing to our sick world. Amen.