O Jesus, open my ears to hear your gospel, and my tongue to speak your word.
Picture Jesus healing the deaf and dumb man.
The geography shows that Jesus has become a preacher to the Gentiles. Because the Gentile crowd might not understand, he takes the man aside and performs a healing ritual (almost like a sacrament). As usual, the people disobey Jesus’ command and they tell everyone. So many are in awe.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The crowd initiates this healing. They bring the man to Jesus.
- They believe that Jesus can heal by the laying on of hands.
- The man himself is passive, so Jesus needs to take him away from the crowd.
- Jesus’ power comes through two actions – placing his hands in his ears and spittle on his tongue.
- The results are full and immediate. There is no doubt that all this power comes from Jesus.
- The wonderful crowd sees their faith in Jesus fulfilled and tells everyone.
- They have the highest esteem for Jesus. He does all things well.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, I come to you in faith. Lay your hands of power upon me.
- Take me aside. Teach me. Instruct me. Work your wonders in me.
- Let me receive your sacraments often. These contain all your power.
- Open my ears. Let me hear your words. Let me understand your mysteries.
- Loose my tongue. I will proclaim your mighty deeds.
- You do all things well, Jesus. Your actions are perfect.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ Today, I will have great faith in what Jesus will do for me.
+ I will speak of Jesus to my friends. They, too, can receive.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
Immediately his ears were opened and he began to speak.