“EPHPHATHA… BE OPENED” (Mark 7:34)
⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (14 February 2020 – Memorial of Ss. Cyril and Methodius)
📖1 Kgs 11:29-32, 12:19; Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.11a, 9a); Mark 7:31-37
🎤”EPHPHATHA… BE OPENED” (Mark 7:34)
My dear, the scriptures, in Lam 3:37 asks, “Who can command and execute what the Lord has not decreed?” The answer is very obvious, “nobody!” Yes! Nobody can safely do that and go unpunished. Solomon tried it and the result was the division of the kingdom of Israel. So it brings no good to anyone who tries such.
Remember that one way that we do that is through sin. Sin is disobedience to the decrees of God. Through sin, we bring destruction to ourselves and live in pains instead of dwelling in in the joy of the Lord.
Today is the popular day known as the Valentine Day. Many are going to celebrate evil today in the name of celebrating love. The memorial of St. Valentine was placed today to abolish the ancient pagan practice where boys used to draw the names of girls in honour of their goddess, Februata Juno, on February 15. Are we not going back to the same pagan worship in the name of a celebration of love today?
What it means to celebrate love is to reach out to those who are in need and help them. Jesus gave us an example in the Gospel when he showed compassion to those who had been following him and fed them with both the word of God and the material food to satisfy their hunger (cf. Mark 6:34-43; 8:1-10).
Ss. Cyril and Methodius, whose Memorial the Church, in fact, celebrates today, heard the call by Jesus, “Follow me!” (Mark 1:17) and followed the footsteps of Jesus by feeding people, especially the Slavs with the Word of God and converting them for Christ.
For anyone who listens to that message of conversion and is obedient to God, one thing is sure, the Lord will always open doors for him which no power can close (cf. Rev 3:7). That means, with God, there is no difficulty that cannot be surmounted. Remember the experience of the Israelites when they got to the Red Sea. They thought that it was the end of the road for them, but God showed them that he is in charge.
I pray that God may also come into your life at this moment and show you once more that he is in charge of everything about you. May he open doors of faithfulness, blessings and favour which no force can shut so that the joy of serving him may never elude you. Amen.
You shall be blessed with breakthroughs and open doors today. Amen. Peace be with you.