FRIDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
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.”
REFLECTION: "And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him."
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Jesus is now entering Gentile territory. There were many people in His time that went out of their way to help their friends, family or a person in need. The deaf man who had a speech impediment was brought to Jesus for healing by people. They begged Him for his healing. One command, "Be opened" and the man was healed, though, Jesus did not have to do anything but just will it.
We are asked to be the salt of the earth, the light on a lampstand, a person who invites the Holy Spirit to fill us with love, patience, wisdom and joy. What a better example than this act of love for the deaf man. Powerful intercessors we should all be.
There are people who can't hear or are deaf to the word of God. There are people who can't pray or speak clearly the word of God. There are people who don't trust nor have confidence in God. What has God asked of us to do for our fellow brothers?
How many of us have family members who don't go to church, refuse to believe in God, or who have found their own religion which seems to give them all they are looking for?
It is never too late to pray for someone's conversion, pray that they meet up with Jesus, pray that they will come, hear and see Jesus. And most of all we pray that they will accept and not reject God's will and love for them.
We can become powerful intercessors.