Gospel Mark 7:31-37
Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” —
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
+Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blessed and in our souls take up your rest. Amen
"He took him off my himself away from the crowd." The disciples had traveled with him, they journeyed all the way from Tyre up north through Sidon then down into the region of the Decapolis. In other words- 'out of the way' in order to reach the region of the Sea of Galilee. And crowds bring the man who cannot hear or speak to Jesus. If you are able, allow yourself to enter this passage either in the crowd watching, or in the man himself being healed.
Why did Jesus take him away from the crowd?
Why did Jesus do what he did, which was unusual and unnecessary in some respects as Jesus can heal without even being near the person or touching them (Centurion's servant Mt 8) . Everything our Lord does has meaning and purpose. What can we learn here about Jesus?
Perhaps one thing could be, that he wanted to get the mans full attention. When you take someone apart- away from everyone else, you usually have something to say to them on a more intimate level. What you say or do, will be heard better or received better. Perhaps our Lord wanted the man totally open to His voice, His actions, His Presence, His Love and so he took him apart from others away from their voices, manner, and influence. Even though the man was deaf, he must have learned how to understand others communication and so Jesus took him away from others communication in order to truly BE with him and to heal him. My heart rests here-there must have been immense tenderness in that moment. The healing of the body, must have been only one part of the healing. When we are alone with Jesus, away from the voices, influences and manner of others, we can (if we allow ourselves to be) be vulnerably open to Jesus and to His healing power with our soul. We can listen to Him and allow Him the liberty to "take us apart, away from others, in order to BE with Him." The beautiful thing we can learn from the man who is healed, is to be humble. To be humble enough to allow others to take us in the direction of where the Lord is leading us to be healed. This takes great humility. Let us ponder a few things that we can learn in this passage: 1) acknowledge I need help and healing- that I have an 'impediment' of some sort in my life (and we all do) 2) To allow myself in whatever manner it happens, be brought into the presence of God, to accept the help of others. (this takes humility) 3) To allow Jesus to draw me even closer to himself, which will pull me away from others whom perhaps I love and depend on. 4) To open my heart to his manner of healing, at times perhaps I don't understand completely but it doesn't stop Jesus action of healing- to just allow Jesus to Be Jesus. 5) To be grateful for what he does for me, to see His love and presence to me, to be grateful. To be grateful for the gift by receiving the gift of healing within me. Allowing it to take root.
Prayer: (Mother's calling card) "The Fruit of Silence is Prayer, the Fruit of Prayer is Faith. The Fruit of Faith is Love and the Fruit of Love is Service. Amen