The Narrative of Jesus’ Life
The below account occurs as Jesus’ disciples are still discovering new things about their teacher.
Excerpt from the Gospel
Mark 7:31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 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 charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. (ESV)
Sharing your Faith
- In what ways did Jesus try to deflect attention from himself in this passage?
- Share about a time someone demonstrated care for you in a time of need.
- What are some of the ways we care for the spiritual needs of friends and family?
Pray for One Another
Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.
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This devotion is for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, following the LCMS three-year lectionary. You can download a free copy of all the 2017-2018 Conversations about Faith & Life devotions on the Resources page.