Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray in the power of the Gospel:
Ephphatha! Be opened:
All minds to God’s omnipresence
All hearts to God’s infinite love
All spirits to God’s tender proposals
All eyes to God’s eternal vision
All ears to God’s cry in the poor
All mouths to speak God’s Word in justice
All plans to the rhythm of God’s freedom
All dreams to God’s dream for all.
Be opened – especially in me today.
Poetry: Be Opened! – Malcolm Guite
Be opened. Oh if only we might be! Speak to a heart that’s closed in on itself: ‘Be opened and the truth will set you free’, Speak to a world imprisoned in its wealth: 'Be opened! Learn to learn from poverty’, Speak to a church that closes and excludes, And makes rejection its own litany: ‘Be opened, opened to the multitudes For whom I died but whom you have dismissed Be opened, opened, opened,’ how you sigh And still we do not hear you. We have missed Both cry and crisis, we make no reply. Take us aside, for we are deaf and dumb Spit on us Lord and touch each tongue-tied tongue.