People were overcome with wonder, saying, “He does everything well! He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who can’t speak.”
I find that digging for the roots of words is lots of fun. Words, like flowers, dance in the sun, yet their roots go down into the past where their origins lie.
Our word obedience is an interesting study in roots. The first part, called the prefix is “ob” meaning “up against.” The “ed” part is the root, coming from the same root as “audio.” When we put the two together it means to put your ear up against what you are listening to and follow it—meaning to obey it.
That’s the way God wants us to be—to have ears cleared to hear the hidden call of God in things, his love and call to justice, and then to speak out this truth and follow it. That’s what makes today’s miracle story about the deaf man who was healed and his tongue loosened so that he could speak, such an important gift.
Today think about your own ears and tongue—they are instruments to love and serve God. It’s about hearing what God wants us to hear, and speaking the way God would have us speak—words of love, devotion and service of God and God’s people.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Jesus, You do all things well v. 37
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the second of thirteen weeks in the season of Autumn/Kingdomtide, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
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