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February 14th, 2014
Sam Eiffert
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He took him off by himself away from the crowd. 
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)

In reading this passage from Mark, I wondered why Jesus touched the man that he was about to heal.  We know from other stories that Jesus could speak a word and heal people.  So why did Jesus touch this man?  When I read this story I imagined that the man was dirty and perhaps a beggar, but regardless, Jesus touched his ears and his tongue even though he had the power to heal without physical touch.    

But Jesus was approachable and near.  I think this is yet another example of his great compassion and love.  He wasn’t afraid to touch, to be close.  Love itself is a risky business.  It ultimately led to Jesus’s death…and his resurrection. 

Valentine’s Day has become a Hallmark holiday of consumerism.  But I think the spirit of it is good.  It’s become a day centered on romantic relationships, which is fine, but there is a need to remember the power of love outside of romance.  The power of love that can resurrect, make us whole, and allow us to touch others and make them whole too.  Jesus modeled this love, and as Christians, it is our job to do our best to be living embodiments of this love for and with others.       

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