Little Whispers, Trina Matignas

No Tongue

First Reading
IS 35:4-7A
Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The God of Jacob keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
JAS 2:1-5
My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes
comes into your assembly,
and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in,
and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
and say, “Sit here, please, ”
while you say to the poor one, “Stand there, ” or “Sit at my feet, ”
have you not made distinctions among yourselves
and become judges with evil designs?

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
that he promised to those who love him?

Gospel
MK 7:31-37
Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” —
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”


Toddler boy holding on to father's legs

“He has done all things well.  He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (Mark 7:37)

REFLECTION

I was an extremely shy child. Every time we had family reunions, I hid behind my mom and just kept my mouth shut most of the time. Words did not come easy to me. It takes a while for me to warm up especially when I am around people I am not yet comfortable to be with. My Lolo gave me a fitting nickname – “No Tongue.”

To make matters worse, family reunions also meant that the kids get to entertain the adults with endless song and dance numbers… to my horror! I dreaded those moments. As my cousins took center stage and performed to their hearts’ content, I clung to my mommy’s legs as if my dear life depended on it. Even the constant prodding of my titos and titas did not work. I would go home with swollen eyes.

Everything changed when I met the Lord during the Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar (YLSS) back in 2002. It was as if Jesus looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to me “Ephphatha!” – that is, “Be opened!” during the Baptism of Fire, just as He had done to the man in the gospel. He opened my mouth and suddenly, I was not afraid to speak my mind anymore. He gave me the confidence that I needed and words began to flow.

Pretty soon, I was boldly proclaiming His word to the people around me. I was called to share my story of healing and transformation in succeeding YLSS’s in front of so many people and this time, I was not shaken. I was also chosen to be one of the leaders in the Youth Ministry. In our weekly gatherings and activities, I went in front without a tinge of fear in my heart because I know Jesus got my back. During worship, I sang and danced to my heart’s content and cried happy tears, all for the Lord. It was also during that time when I discovered that I had a heart for teaching, as I became one of the teachers in the ministry. I bravely spoke about God’s love every chance I got. It wasn’t long before I decided to pursue teaching as a profession, a job that entails constant talking in front of my students. Looking back, the Lord has a funny way of turning things around if only you let Him.

Indeed, Jesus has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak. Give Him a chance today. Open your heart and He will give you what you need. He heals. He transforms. In your weakness, He is made strong.

Prayer

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1 thought on “No Tongue”

  1. Amen Trina. God works in wondrous and miraculous ways. He has molded you to be His spokesperson to many people opening their eyes to the the God we all love so much. We love you and may the good Lord continue to bless you, Ryan and baby baci.😊

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