” Be opened ” Mark 7:34
If once closed, common sense tells to do something, something must be done to open. When Jesus went to Lake Galilee passing through the region of the Decapolis country, a deaf man was brought to him. They asked Jesus to lay his hand upon him : to do something to open him for speech.
To lay hands was a way of invoking divine power but Jesus did not have to ask. His gesture was a way of teaching that he had within himself, within his human person, all the health and welfare that we need and he communicated this to the sick one. The deaf man was taken aside by Jesus away from the crowd to be opened.
He put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then Jesus gave a groan and said, ” Ephpheta, ” that is, ” Be opened. ” Because the man before him is an impressive symbol of those who have eyes and ears but neither see nor hear. And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak clearly. Jesus asked them not to tell anyone about this, but the more he insisted on this, the more they proclaimed it. He is far from working a miracle for them to believe, he wanted to help them to discover the love of God and presence in the midst. The healing of the deaf and dumb man opened the ears and loosened his tongue broke the barrier of silence and solitude for him. Seeing this, the people were completely astonished and said, ” He has done all things well; he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak. ”
All good things come from God, so neither would they remain deaf and mute too as the deaf man, lived in a world of silence. All started to praise God from then on telling the Good news of Salvation evermore.
Greater than any calamity, God transforms everything into a blessing.