As a child we often used a phrase I have not thought about in a long time: “open sesame”. We looked at something in a magical way, waved our hands and with great passion and conviction pronounced those powerful words, “open sesame”. The words denote a key, or ticket, something that brings about a desired good. “Open sesame” are not just words spoken by children playing. Rather the words point to the wish to find a treasure, even the treasure within the heart.
As I reflected on the Gospel of Mark ( Mark 7:31-37) from the Christian scriptures, I thought of the great desire most of us have to be open to hear clearly our path in life and to find the treasure we seek. People in the crowd brought Jesus a man who could not “hear”. Jesus took the man aside and said, “Ephphatha!” that is “be opened”. Suddenly the man could hear physically and within his heart. As is typical in the Gospel of Mark, the writer of Mark has Jesus saying, “Don’t tell anyone”. Of course the people who saw what took place needed to tell everyone what happened. To be able to hear is news worth sharing!
There are times in our lives when something takes place that threatens our ability to hear or to open our heart. The something may come from the outside that we allow in to hurt us, causing us to doubt ourselves or our gifts. Yet into the deafness of our hearts comes the beautiful voice of God within inviting us into the heart of love, God, Holy One, Beauty, Soother of our every ill, comforter in times of confusion, hope in times of uncertainty. It is times like this that the God within says, Ephphatha, be opened! Be opened to hear what dwells within and to hear the beauty that is around and within where I dwell.
Open sesame is not just a childhood game, rather a real life opening of the treasure that lies deep within the heart of love. In time of need we place our hands gently over our hearts and say the words, Ephphatha, be opened. Be opened to receive the heart of love wherein lies the greatest treasure of all.
Blessings and peace,