February 12, 2021

Mark’s Gospel has fascinating geographic notes that help shape the narrative and the miracles. Not only that, it is the people you would least expect (think those on the other side of the railroad tracks) who are regularly able to acknowledge the Christ and be open to being cured and renewed.

Today’s scene became part of our baptismal ritual and maintains the important Aramaic word “Ephphatha.” For centuries we have been signed to know and live this command: “be opened.” Our ears and mouth are touched at baptism that we might grow like Christ, hearing and speaking well, if not just “plainly.” We could do well to continue living our lives, hearing well and speaking magnificently, so that folks recognize our astonishing Christ-like ways.

But we tend to settle down: we stay bound in our world and allow boundaries and fears to shape us, living in a district which binds us. Even if we are still “sheltering in place,” we remember Saint Therese, who never left her convent, and proudly and boldly lived her faith, an open missioner. Rather than give in to the cunning serpent that discourages us and “makes” us eat the wrong fruits for our lives (see first reading), we need to remember our baptismal promises to not hide from God, and proclaim, live, and share the good news to the ends of the earth from God’s garden.

Whom will I call and check in with today? How will I be open to listening anew and watch my rush to judgment?

We have often made some bad choices and may feel others are “bad apples.” Let’s not hide in the garden but allow God to work with us to touch our ears and mouths to be open to new fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Let Us Pray:

Creating God, I pray that the commandment at my baptism, to be hearing and speaking your words and ways, will continue to grow in me, despite my fears and worries.

Help me see that you are feeding me with your eucharistic love that forgives, supports, and renews me to speak tenderly and live gently, building up your garden to fortify the body of Christ. Through Christ, our LORD. Amen


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.