If we read today’s Gospel closely there appears to be a contradiction: to the deaf and mute man Jesus cries out “Ephphatha” or ”be opened”, then tells him not to tell anyone. We hear that response often from Jesus to those whom he has healed. What are we to make of this? In all of our lives in some way Jesus calls us to “be opened”, to stretch, to reach out of our comfort zones and find him. We also in doing so are called to make sure we are achieving God’s purpose, not ours.
Saints Cyril and his brother Methodius, whose feast day is today, stepped out of monastery life to translate the Gospels, the psalter, Paul’s letters and the liturgical books into Slavonic, and composed a Slavonic liturgy. Yes, my family name is translated to “Christmas” in Slovak! In what way in Jesus asking you and me to “be open” and led to a new, unknown and perhaps uncomfortable place?
—Jim Bozik is a permanent deacon at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.