DEAF AND MUTE
February 14, 2014
Today’s gospel: Mark 7:31-37
People need to meet Christ, to start to live Christ, and to share Christ. How do people meet Christ? When there are people who share Christ. To share Christ is for all who profess to follow Jesus, no matter how seemingly among the least qualified or least gifted they are.
Today we have the story of the deaf-mute. Jesus went into his district “and people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment” (v.32a). Jesus comes into our lives, and there are those people who bring us to him. Thus the deaf-mute met Christ.
We come to Jesus in our need. We know we need to be liberated. Those who care for us, who evangelize us, who share Christ with us, who bring us to Christ, who intercede for us, are those who “begged him to lay his hand on him.” (v.32b). Jesus always responds. Jesus “put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; …. and immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed” (v.33b,35a). Jesus changes our lives. He overturns our infirmities. He frees us from bondage. He saves us! Then we can start to live Christ.
Now those who witness the goodness and greatness of Jesus should be unable to contain themselves in witnessing to others. To witness, to share Christ, is a natural and irresistible consequence of a personal and liberating encounter with him. Jesus “ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it.” (v.36).
How about us? We have already met Christ, we are starting to live Christ, but do we share Christ? Are we in awe of Jesus and what he has done for us? “They were exceedingly astonished and they said, ‘He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.’” (v.37). Unfortunately, many of those who have heard the good news remain deaf to the call to proclaim that good news, and many who can speak and proclaim the gospel remain mute.
May you not remain a deaf-mute. May your ears be opened, and may your speech impediment be removed. Go and proclaim Christ.
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God bless you.
“For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” (Phil 1:21)