Today’s Gospel sees Jesus opening the ears of the deaf man with a word. It was such an awesome moment that Peter conveyed the story to St. Mark years later. The word that resounded in St. Peter after all these years was "Ephphatha.”
Words have power!
Words have also supernatural power.
The words a husband and wife exchange on their marriage day have power.
The words a religious proclaims on the day of first profession have power.
The words of Christ at the Last Supper, "This is my body; this is the cup of my blood," makes Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist possible.
What about us? Do we realize that our words are powerful? Do we us words to heal?
Can we hear each other’s words?
Are our lives so full of events and noise that we can't hear God?
Today we see the seemingly strange gesture that Jesus did with the deaf-mute as a symbol of the sacraments thanks to which he continues "touching" us physically to heal us spiritually.
This week, make a deliberate attempt to choose your words deliberately. Realize that the Eucharist helps us overcome the inability to communicate with our neighbor, making us possible to experience the most wonderful communion with God.