Ephphatha! - Be opened! Print

Sunday 09 September 2018: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared

The ears of the deaf shall be cleared...These dramatic words of Jesus are the climax of the story. In Mark’s text, the Galilean mission of Jesus has ended with rejection by those of his ‘home town’. Mark begins his account of the cure by describing the strange route taken by Jesus - through pagan territories – probably pointing to the infant Church’s mission to the gentiles and the openness with which that mission to preach the gospel truth was received. We too are invited to reflect upon the importance of openness, and to acknowledge the many ways in which we can be more open to God’s call to the fullness of life. For Mark, life and joy will be found by those who become true disciples of the Crucified One, and so enter with him into his glory...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pexels.com