Daily Gospel Reflection for September 6, 2015



Gospel Reflections 800x800 gold outlineToday’s Gospel: Mark 7:31-37

The day our daughter was baptized is a day I’ll never forget! The day was memorable for some very obvious reasons, like the religious significance and the celebration with family, but it had an even greater significance in my life as a Catholic mom. I remember standing at the baptismal font feeling very uncomfortable in the panty hose and skirt that were too tight on my “just had a baby” body. I was distracted by Shannon’s 2 and 4-year-old brothers, who were being wiggly and silly sitting on big cousins’ laps watching. I remember worrying about the meal I would soon be serving to 40 people, and then I heard the word, “Ephphatha!”

The word was spoken to my baby girl but it seared my heart! It bolted me to attention and drew me to task with shock. God was inviting and commanding the newest member of his church to be open to his Word and his Will, but I felt him speaking those words to me that Sunday morning, and suddenly it seemed like the whole world melted away. I didn’t notice my pinched waistband or my noisy boys; all I noticed in that moment was openness and a burning desire to stay opened. Shannon began to squirm in my arms as she lay there wrapped in an abundance of beautiful white slippery fabric, and I realized that it was my great task and honor as a Catholic mother to fill her tiny open ears with God’s word and life. I realized that morning it was my responsibility to protect my children’s open ears from harmful words and ideas. They were open, and it was my job to see that they were filled, and in his infinite goodness that day he gave me the awareness of his grace so as not to be overwhelmed by the task!


Write the word “Ephphatha” at the top of a blank page of paper. As you sit and pray with that word, ask God to show you where you should be more open to his Word and his Will.


Loving God, open me. Open my ears to your word. Open my eyes to your glory. Open my heart to your magnificent love. Open every corner of my life to your will and your desire to bring me closer to you. Amen.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Sheri Wohlfert


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Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to take a good look at the simple ways we can all find God doing joyful, blessed, amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.


  1. The Gospel blew me away because I haven’t been in Church for a long time and wanted to get back to it and finally I had the time and courage to go to confession the night before. Before we got started with the confession, I explained to the Priest that I was Deaf and I wouldn’t be able to read his lips if I kneel down. He let me sit in a chair directly in front of him. It was a bit awkward but it worked and I think we both understood each other (I hope so!!). He absolved me of my sins and I felt great and I was ready to go back to Church. The next day I went to mass and I couldn’t believe what I read – “And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus[a] charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

    The TIMING of it!!! I can’t imagine what went through the priest’s mind too. I love when God says hello to me like this. Had to share.

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