“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).
"You set aside the Commandments of God and cling to human traditions" (Mark 7: 8).
John 6: 41-51
John 6: 30
"What sign are you going to do yourself that we may see and believe you. What work do you perform?"
John 6: 1-14
After His resurrection Jesus spent 40 days appearing to His disciples in different places, eating with them, performing miracles; and opening their minds to what had been said about the Messiah in the Scriptures through Law of Moses, The Prophets and The Psalms: that The Messiah had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead (Luke 24: 44-46).
“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is empty and your faith comes to nothing. And we become false witnesses of God who have declared that God has raised Christ … And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in sin” (1 Corinthians 15: 14-15, 17).
“We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position of authority?
“And I will lead the blind in the way that they know not, in paths that they have not known, I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground” (Isaiah 42: 15-16).
I personally love this particular portion of the Bible. In fact the entire Chapter 42 of Isaiah is so encouraging and uplifting to read and reflect upon. It is so reassuring and reviving. God is here reassuring us as he did the Children of Israel thousands of years ago through His servant, Isaiah that He will not leave us to stray. In our journey through life, we need divine guidance in order to be able to arrive at our destinations. But we must realise that we have to relate with God like a child, like the blind who know not their ways.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29: 11)
God loves us so much that He did not only create us in His image and likeness but created us with well-designed plans for our lives. He told Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart …” (Jeremiah 1: 5). It is very true that we are no accidents. We are perfectly planned works of God’s creative artistry destined for divine purposes and goals.