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Mark 7:24-37

2006-09-06 — Everyone loves a charade!

BIBLE PASSAGE — From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

— Proper 18, Series B


  1. Evelyn McLachlan — 6470 days ago #

    Too funny! Makes me think of the Monty Python movie “Life of Brian” when Jesus is delivering the sermon on the mount and one of the bystanders asks “what did he say? Blessed are the cheesemakers?” Another wonders “Why the cheesemakers? Why not dairy? And what about the … ”. It’s hard for me to read the Beatitudes in church now as I want so much to say “Blessed are the cheesemakers!”
    Thanks for the long gutteral heartfelt laugh this morning!
    Evelyn McLachlan >
    Eden United Church
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

  2. Friedrich Leutz — 6470 days ago #

    I always love charades at church it makes it more a party ! Especially when the makes the sign of the cross !

  3. Carol Wagner — 6470 days ago #

    GOOD ONE! Appealed to my sense Aussie of humour – still chuckling!
    Rev. Carol Wagner, Snowy Mountains Anglican Parish, NSW Australia

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