23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 35:4-7 II:
31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through
Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the
32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an
impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his
hand upon him.
33 And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put
his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his
34 and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him,
"Eph'phatha," that is, "Be opened."
35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he
36 And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged
them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has
done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the
- Tyre & Sidon were in the gentile area. Mark showed that Jesus was preaching
to and healing the gentiles.
- In Isaiah 35:5, "the ears of the deaf be cleared" is a sign that God liberates
Israel. This miracle points to that passage and reveals that Jesus is the
- Spitting is a common gesture against evil, used by both common folk and
- "Ephphatha" is the original Aramaic word. People believed that the power is
in the precise word of the healer, so Mark was careful in preserving the
- One reason why Jesus ordered people not to tell about the miracle is that
people did not really understand Jesus, because people have not seen his
passion, death, and resurrection.
- Another reason to keep quiet was that His fame would surpass his humble birth
and would create trouble for His ministry, as it happened eventually. It
also troubled His family. Yet Jesus' nature is the savior so that it is
recognized by all and cannot be hidden.
One Main Point
Jesus is the Savior who heals and liberates His people.
- How has Jesus touched me, healed me, and liberated me?
- Do people see in me a reflection of Jesus' love and freedom, or something else?
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