How hard it is to be deaf, but harder still not being able to hear and speak. In most cases in ancient times a person with hearing and speech disability was discredited and segregated. It is in such prevailing stigma of the society that Jesus 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 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 eventually go away. This lamp of flesh which is our tongue is packed with power to build or destroy a person’s image. Let’s not abuse it but put it to good use by lifting up someone who is 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. In turn, the man trusted Jesus and he got what he might have longed for; “ to hear and speak again”. In an instant, life for him became meaningful and beautiful. Perhaps we too have our own story to tell when we were in the darkness of our life and someone gave us light through 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.
The people help the man go to Jesus despite the crowd pressing in on him. They were determined to help the man with a disability get near to Jesus. Their effort was blessed when the deaf man having a especial audience with King of Kings. For them it’s a mission accomplished made possible by their kind Help. How 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. Like the people in the gospel let us help whatever way we can to alleviate someone’s misery. Help that person recognize Jesus, the healer.
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 and help to those living with misfortune, for the Lord will likewise do his miracle of healing if we trust him just as he did in the gospel.