Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
In his ministry of healing Jesus brought back who were apart from the community of Israel. He healed the sick, the blind, the possessed and the deaf, to give them back the dignity of their life which was at stack. The healings were acts of mercy, as well as signs of Jesus’ power. Through the ministry of healing Jesus provided justice and restoration for not only those who were healed but also to the community as a whole. Families were united and strengthened than before, and those healed became the evangelists for the proper worship of the Lord, even when instructed not to speak about their experiences.
In today’s context this gospels sheds its light on the fact that we are all wounded in some way and we all need healing. This healing is nothing but the mercy and justice of God, which in turn will give us the strength to choose Christ. Today we are assured of a healing which will bring us all in unity, a unity with God and a unity with our neighbour. All we need to do is to allow Him to open our eyes and ears as did the man who was brought to Jesus.
“Ephphatha!” Be opened! That is a call for each and every one of us.