Monday, Fourth Week of Epiphany February 1, 2021

Updated: Feb 2

Prayer Pointers: For the Spirit to give you eyes to see

For those who do not listen

For those who have no voice

Today’s text: Mark 7:24-37

EPIPHANY, THE SEASON of revelations, is all about seeing, perceiving, understanding rightly. In this pair of stories from Mark, we have two examples of how Jesus shifts the perceptions and the possibilities for those who love Him.

In our current culture, we like to focus on the unnamed Greek woman, but the point for Mark in telling this story is the unveiling that happens for the disciples (including us). Before this story, Jesus has a terrible argument with the Pharisees and His own disciples about not judging according to what is on the outside, but judge what comes from inside, i.e., the heart. From this pagan comes a clear statement of faith, and the disciples’ eyes are opened to the truth of Jesus’ teaching.

The second encounter with a man who is both deaf and mute becomes a sign of how the presence of Jesus and His healing touch makes it possible to hear rightly and proclaim what God has done.

In our own ministries, we want to guard against easy assumptions about what we see and what we hear, and to speak up for those who have no voice (Proverbs 31:4). May the Holy Spirit give us eyes to see and ears to hear!

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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