Orthodox Mission – Hyde Park, Chicago

4th Saturday of Lent Mark 7:31-37

Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in 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.” Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

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Notice how Christ does not wish his works to be seen publicly. God’s work with us is a mystery, something to be treasured within us. The miracle does not need our words, it IS. It is seen, it is heard in us. God creates us, as he does at the beginning. He has only to say and it is. Even though Christ is not called the Word in the Gospel of Mark, he demonstrates that he is the Word which makes, the Word which is “BE” and it is; “Open!” and it is opened. “O Lord open my lips and my mouth will pour forth your praise.” So, we must speak, but not for the sake of running around telling tales to others, but directly turning to God and giving thanks. People will see, but we should have no eyes or ears or mouth to notice, but only for thanking God, without turning away from him in any point of our being. This is how we are opened. When we turn aside, we are closed in by all kinds of vain talk, instead of glorious worship and thanksgiving. Let us be opened to Christ, God with us, our Creator and Redeemer.