What a lonely world when we cannot hear the sound of music and harder still not being able to hear and speak. It said that in ancient times a person with hearing and speech disability was discredited and discriminate even deemed to be imposed with divine curse. It is in that prevailing stigma of the society in Jesus time that he came to the rescue by showing his mercy to the man inflicted with such physical impairment. To keep him from embarrassment the Lord took him away from the crowd and dealt with him in private manner aware of the sensitivity of the man’s physical and social situation.
Let us thank the Lord while our power of speech and hearing are still working, for time will come when it will eventually go away. This lamp of flesh which is our tongue is packed with power to build or destroy a person’s name and reputation. Let’s not abuse it but put it to good use by lifting up someone down with anguish and fear. Let us be generous with praises but stingy with criticism.
The gospel tells us that people brought to Jesus a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hands on him. 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. (Mk. 7:32-35).
Those people who brought the deaf man to Jesus did a very good job by giving the man hope. They were not like the rest who looked down on him with disdain. The man must have trusted the Lord and he got what he might have longed for; “ to hear and speak again”. In an instant, life for him turned meaningful and beautiful. Perhaps we too have our own story to tell when we were walking in the darkness of our life and someone gave us light and showed us direction with encouragement and prayer. Let us trust that our Lord too will open our ears and mouth to listen to his commands and speak words of praise to his name. And like the people in the gospel let us be instruments of bringing people to God by our good example of active faith and trust in the Divine Mercy.
The people helped the man have access to Jesus despite the crowd pressing in on him. They were determined to help the man with a disability get near to the Lord. Their effort was blessed with the deaf man having a special audience with King of Kings. For them it’s a mission accomplished made possible by their kind Help. Have we helped someone who been away from the church get back to God or to the church? Or perhaps there is someone we know who needs our help to recover from drug or alcohol addiction. Like the people in the gospel let us help in whatever way we can to alleviate someone’s burdens and bring the physically and spiritually sick to Jesus, the healer through the Divine Mercy prayer.
Jesus was moved with compassion over the sad plight of the deaf man and he too was touched by the faith and concern of those who brought the man to him that he immediately healed him. (Mk. 7: 32,35). Those who brought the deaf man to Jesus had the sense of the urgency of mercy. Their active faith contributed to the man’s complete cure.
Let us actualize our faith and good intentions to give hope, help and healing to those living in misfortune, for the Lord will likewise do his miracle of healing if we trust him just as he did in the gospel. “ We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom.8:28).
On the flip side, it gives us encouragement and kicks away discouragement if we focus more on people who inspire us and not on the people who irritate us. Don’t surround yourself with people who only look at the negative side of life with their criticism, but be with people who focus more on the on the brighter and positive side with their encouragement and inspiration. Someone said that a smart person is not self-conceited and a professional one doesn’t despise the other. It’s a nice feeling when we are able to pull our efforts to help someone. But when we need help, they don’t even take a glance at us. It pays to realize that the most memorable people in our life will be the ones who loved us when we were not lovable. When was the last time that you gave hope, helped out or healed someone with your kindness and mercy? Amen on that folks!!
In her Diary entry no. 167, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words; “ My daughter, I desire that your heart be formed after the model of my Merciful Heart. You must be completely imbued with My mercy”.
Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace and conversion of sinners.