Opening our Ears and Mouths

Father Jeremy Miller: The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the mute speak. May he open our ears to receive his word and our mouths to proclaim his truth in praise and glory of God the father.

What we should avoid with our ears and lips:

  1. The allure of anonymous speech
  2. Defining people by slogans and soundbites
  3. Complicity in not speaking up

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.”