March 23, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 7.32-37 
They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

  • We have had to close ourselves off from the world in many ways, and yet, because we have access to information from around the world almost instantaneously, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, our minds cluttered to the point of distraction. Given all the information that is coming in, it can be hard to know what to say or do. I don’t want to minimize the miraculous nature of Jesus’ healing ministry, but I have to imagine that having Jesus put his fingers into your ears and then spitting and touching your tongue would focus your mind! Can you just imagine? Jesus gives the man a single command: Be opened. And with this, the man is liberated. What in your life is in need of opening up? What do you need to hear that you haven’t been able to before? What do you need to say that you haven’t yet said? Maybe writing it down in your journal will be the beginning you need. Soon, you might not be able to stop and everyone around you will be saying it as well! Blessings as you start this new week of journaling!

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