Gospel Reading and Thoughts for September 6, 2015

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.”

Christ heals the deaf man – opening him up to the beauty of sounds, of voices, of music – of the voice of God.

May we too hear God – when he speaks to us through our loved ones.  When He whispers to us in the stillness before we fall asleep.  When the children teach us something in their little way.  When a song fills us with joy.  When the cacophony of the house drowns out all other sounds.  May we hear God.