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Have A Nice Life!

And his ears were opened
Mark 7:31-37

Sermon Topic Hearing

Sermon Week Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 7:35


One Sunday morning, Helena, a member of the Providence, Rhode Island Women's Club, sat in Church and listened intently to a reading of the episode in today's Gospel Lesson:

A man who is deaf and has a speech impediment is brought before the Lord. Jesus is asked to use His healing power to cure these defects. He takes the man aside and puts His fingers into the man's ears. Then Jesus spits and touches the man's tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, he says "Ephphata" ("Be opened") and, immediately, a transformation takes place: the man can hear clearly and speak plainly.

Helena was deeply moved by that Bible story. The next day, Helena went to a fund-raising "carnival" staged for the benefit of the Women's Club. One of the events took place in a tent which had been set up for a medium to conduct seances. Helena bought a ticket, went inside, and sat down at a large round table, presided over by the medium. When all the places were taken, the medium went into an impressive routine which included floating banjos, levitating tables and the like. Finally, the medium asked if anyone would like to make contact with a departed person. "I can put you in touch with anyone in the next life," the medium boasted. "Very well," said Helena, "there is a Bible story about Jesus curing a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. I would like to contact that man." After much bell-ringing, moaning and groaning, and humming which seemed to be coming from all directions, a voice from the chandelier announced distinctly, "I am the man you are seeking to communicate with. I am the man whom Jesus cured of deafness and a speech impediment." To which Helena replied, "I know you can hear me because Jesus cured you of your deafness, and I can tell you that your speech is coming through most clearly, but I have one question." "Ask me anything," the voice came back. "All right, then," said Helena, "tell me, where did you learn to speak English?"

Good question! [...]

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