Scripture: Mark 7:31-37
31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decap'olis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him. 33 And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; 34 and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Eph'phatha," that is, "Be opened." 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak."
Meditation: Do you expect the Lord to treat you well? Whatever
Jesus did, he did well. He demonstrated both the beauty and goodness
of God in his actions. When Jesus heals a man who is both deaf and a stutterer
he shows his considerateness for this man's predicament. Jesus takes him
aside privately, not doubt to remove him from embarrassment with a noisy
crowd of gawkers. He puts his fingers into his ears and he touches his
tongue with his own spittle to physically identify with this man's infirmity
and to awaken faith in him. With a word of command the poor man's ears
were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. What is the
significance of Jesus putting his fingers in the man’s ears? Gregory
the Great from the 6th century
writes: “The Spirit is called the finger of God. When the Lord puts his fingers into the ears of the deaf mute, he was opening the soul of man to faith through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” The people's response to this miracle testifies to Jesus' great care for others: He has done all things well. No problem or burden was too much for Jesus' careful consideration. The Lord treats each of us with kindness and compassion and he calls us to treat one another in like kind. The Holy Spirit who dwells within us enables us to love as Jesus loves. Do you love others and treat them with considerateness as Jesus did?
"Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit and inflame my heart with love
and compassion. Make me attentive to the needs of others that I may
show them kindness and care. Make me an instrument of your mercy and peace
that I may help others find healing and wholeness in you."