If you’ve been reading along with some of the lectionary passages from the gospel of Mark, you might have noticed that Jesus is somewhat secretive in this gospel. Today provides one of those readings:
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.”
Jesus orders people not to tell anyone what he has done. But, they do it anyway. At any rate, I thought I’d link you to this introductory article that discusses what Jesus is doing here under the heading “Messianic Secret.” This article is by no means exhaustive, but perhaps it should provide some helpful explanation.