Meditation – 9th September 2018

The Deep End – Ephphatha
In today’s gospel Jesus heals a man who was deaf and who
had a speech impediment, unable to hear or speak God’s
word of truth. Jesus says ephphatha, which means ‘be
opened!’ Immediately this man was healed.
During this Season of Creation we are all urged to
listen to the cry of the earth. Scientists are now telling us
that unless drastic action is taken we will lose the battle
against the environmental destruction which this world is
faced with. The worldwide heatwave and drought which
we experienced this summer is one example of how our
planet is under pressure. Yet change is possible. All it
takes is one good person to restore hope. As followers of
Christ we have a duty to lead the way in caring for God’s
beautiful creation. What prevents us from hearing these
messages? We can be cynical and say that the issue is too
big, that it is up to governments to sort out. Ephphatha!
We start where we are and do what we can. This week can
you encourage your family to make small changes in the
home such as ensuring all waste is correctly recycled,
composting, encouraging one another to use public
transport or walk/cycle when possible? A very simple
action is to reduce the use of plastic by buying a reusable
water bottle or coffee cup which removes so much waste
from landfills and sends a powerful message. We begin
with the small actions and encourage others to do the same.
Ephphatha! Let us all be open to this call to care for our
common home.
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Jane Mellett