When a group of men took a deaf-mute man to Jesus to be healed, Jesus directed him away from the gathered crowd, touched his ears and having spat on his finger, touched his tongue. Then looking to heaven He said with “a sigh” in Syriac, “Ephphatha” (which means, “Be opened”).
“Immediately the man’s ears were opened, his tongue loosened and he spoke plainly”. (Mark 7:34-35)
Why did Jesus take the man aside?
The reasons are very likely to have included, wanting to remove all perceived personal glory, respect for the privacy of the sufferer and allowing the sufferer to focus on the healing power of God.
Why did Jesus touch the man’s ears and tongue?
These actions were not necessary for the man’s healing. Instead, they were done to highlight God’s almighty power and awaken the man’s faith. They were outward actions, confirming Jesus’ mercy and healing miracle while acknowledging his Father in Heaven by looking upwards.
Lord Jesus, look with pity on those in my family who are sick and distressed. Grant them your saving help and free them from their inflictions. Thank You, Jesus.
Prayer: Sweet Jesus
Sweet Jesus, Body and Blood most Holy,
be the delight and pleasure of my soul,
my strength and salvation in all temptations,
my joy and peace in every trial,
my light and guide in every word and deed,
and my final protector in death. Amen.