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Friday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 15, 2019

Friday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time


Gen 3: 1-8

Gospel MK 7:31-37


Jesus left the district of Tyreand 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 impedimentand 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 earsand, 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.”

 

He Has Done All Things Well

 

Often we read about Jesus healing people with a word of his mouth or a gentle touch. But here we are presented with a healing that he performed which is quite exceptional. We will never know why he performed all those elaborate rituals. At the end looking up to heaven he groaned and commanded “Ephphatha”. All these have the semblance to the magicians’ hocus-pocus and the complex healings rituals of the traditional healers. There are commentators who claim that Jesus was inaugurating naturopathy, demonstrating the extraordinary healing power of saliva. At another occasion we see Jesus mixing his saliva with mud and applying that paste on the eyes of a blind man to restore his sight. There are others who claim that Jesus was practicing the ancient Pranic healing techniques he learned during his legendary Indian Diaspora.


The Evangelist Mark informs us that after curing the person Jesus ordered the people not to tell anyone. Then Mark continues, “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.” What may be the reason behind Jesus’ ordering people not to reveal the source of the miraculous cure? He wanted them to understand that the motivation of his action was not self-promotion or self-glorification. Whatever he did, he did moved by care and compassion – pure nishkama karma (acts done without a motive). He was not afflicted by the natural craving towards publicizing one’s good deeds. We should make use of our every faculty to alleviate the sufferings of our brethren – utilizing our words, deeds and every bit of knowledge. Our total availability to our brothers and sisters should not be regarded as an act of benevolence but a deed of obligation for which we need not look for and claim publicity and recognition.


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