Ephratha! Be opened! Jesus said this to the deaf and mute man, and he opened his mouth and began to speak to and about God. When we receive holy communion, we permit Jesus to touch our tongue, to pray over it, sanctify it, that we may do the same, healed that our words be words of healing, building up, speaking of good news, the things that men truly need to hear, things that will really and deeply build up their spirits, strengthening, correcting, illuminating this world of curses, of foul speech, ill reports, and many words that steal, rob, and destroy. May our speech this day give hope and consolation, grace and mercy!