Prayer of the Day

Daily Prayer

February 13th, 2015
"“He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.”" Mark 7 : 31
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“Returning from the district of Tyre; Jesus went by way of Sidon through the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private away from the crowd, put his finger into the man’s ear and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed and he said to him,’’ Ephphatha ‘’ that is,’’ Be opened ‘’ and his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘’ He has done all things well, ‘’ they said ‘’ he makes the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak. ‘’ (Mark 7 : 31 – 37)

The section gives the geographical journey taken by Jesus in his continual ‘’healings’’ The enthusiasm and admiration of the crowd is very present.  They brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech and they asked him to lay his hands on him. Taking the man aside in private away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into his ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Looking up to heaven, Jesus sighed and prayed and he said to him ‘’Ephphatha ‘’ that is be opened. And his ears were opened and ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. Jesus insisted they were not to tell anyone about the healing.  Mark tells us their admiration was unbounded. The reaction of the crowd is a fast understanding of Jesus’ ‘’ Mission. ‘’ He has done all things well.’’ they said ‘’ he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.  Jesus’ prohibition not to talk about the cure, possibly he wishes  his identity to be gradual. Jesus’ presence is part of Israel’s vision of a glorious future, His full identity will be fully identified only in the ‘’ Cross and the Resurrection.’’

Prayer Our prayer is thanksgiving for Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist. Amen