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HOLD YOUR HORSES, TONGUE!

UNDAILY – Episode 57


Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak plainly. Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” 


MARK 7, 31-37 (NIV)


"Effata," which means "Be opened!" – this word that Jesus speaks is a powerful call not only to the deaf-mute of that time. It's a call to all of us. Let's open our ears to hear the needs of others. Let's open our mouths to speak words of truth and comfort, not gossip and criticism. In today's world, full of noise and chaos, we might need this "Effata" more than ever.


 

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