September 5, 2021
The deaf-mute man in the Gospel is isolated by his difficulties to communicate. Isolation, and difficulties in communicating is something we can all face. How can the Holy Spirit help us escape this isolation?
- Even in the best of circumstances, communication is difficult. It is helpful to have someone that is a good trusted friend to open up to.
- If someone comes to you with a problem, it is helpful to be a good listener, to give your time and presence to this troubled person.
- During the rite of Baptism, the priest touches the ears of the child and their tongue and says, “Ephaphate be open”.
- God is friend who understands us even when we don’t understand what we want to communicate. Talk to God and be open to God.
- God has all the time in the world for you, He is eager and longs to spend time with you. He is delighted and happy to have contact and communication with you.
- Prayer is a place of freedom, of free communication through prayers such as saying the rosary, praying the Psalms, etc.
- Being open to God is about letting God give Himself to you. He can communicate directly to your soul and heart. That is why silence is so important.
What is the Holy Spirit’s saying to us, in the Gospel today? Jesus is encountering this man who is deaf and mute. Think that back then, it was even much more difficult, because they didn’t have the resources we have today. This situation speaks to us of the importance of communication, of the ability to express what we want to express and the ability to hear and understand others. Jesus took the man off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ear. So, Jesus doesn’t always do this. He’s making something very special. What He’s doing is putting His finger into the man’s ears, and spitting, He touched his tongue. Then He looked up to heaven, and groans, and says, Ephphatha be open. Jesus is emphasizing this in a special way. But this was done to you when you were Baptized. So, this was done, at the moment of Baptism, at the moment where you receive the Holy Spirit, this was done for each one of us. This gospel is giving us the Grace and the privilege, to be able to communicate, first of all with God, to talk to God, and to be open to God. So that God is that friend, who understands, even when we don’t.