HE MAKES THE DEAF HEAR AND THE DUMP SPEAK

The chosen one Son of the Almighty Great God

HE MAKES THE DEAF HEAR AND THE DUMP SPEAK

By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (7:31-37).

The roundabout route taken by Jesus from Sidon to the Lake via the

Decapolis is often used to claim that the evangelist Mark did not

himself know the Holy Land. On the other hand the reliability of the

tradition behind the story is confirmed by the Aramaic word

‘Ephphatha’. The gospel tradition received its present form in Greek-

speaking lands, which makes it all the more remarkable that there

remain such nuggets of Jesus’ own language.

Jesus’ activity as he goes around ‘doing all things well’ is the

coming of God into the world, the Day of the Lord when the tongues of

the dumb will sing for joy. Jesus is the sacrament of God. In him God

is active in the world, bringing peace, healing and joy. In him people

met and experienced God. His gestures of putting his fingers into the

man’s ears and touching his tongue with spittle are affectionate ways

of showing that God is physically at work in him. In a modern hygiene-

conscious world such gestures might be frowned upon. But if we are

truly acting as the members of Christ’s body in the world we cannot

hold back, and from time to time will be involved physically and

totally in helping others. We too can bring Christ’s healing in

countless simple, but often costly and courageous, ways.

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