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‘Their Admiration was Unbounded’

‘Their Admiration was Unbounded’

Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’

In witnessing something they’d never seen before, the unbounded admiration of the crowd lends us the new and fresh insight of people encountering Jesus for the first time.  This much needed wake-up call brings us back from the brink of apathy, for we have read of cure after cure after cure in almost every chapter of St Mark so far and it is easy to switch off mentally, thinking ‘it’s just another cure’.

Similarly, if we’re not careful, we can ‘sleepwalk’ through our days, without really seeing the fingerprints of the Creator on His creation.  There are times, of course, when we are bowled over by the beauty of a flower, sunset, landscape or baby but all too often, we block it out.  The reasons, one could argue, are practical: sometimes there just isn’t time.  I often find myself hurrying a child on from his or her appreciation of spiders’ webs, ‘funny clouds’, larger-than-average leaves or tiny snails and towards the school gate, but we would do well to recapture that childlike simplicity and rediscover unbounded admiration of the works of God.  The opportunities, as we read in psalm 18, are plentiful:

 The heavens proclaim the glory of God
And the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story
And night unto night makes known the message.

All we need do is take time to look.




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