Some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk. Jesus saw the man and said to him: “Be opened!”
This is a well-known story among Christians from the Gospel of Mark. These words from Jesus are not only said to the deaf Aramaic man. All of us can listen to these words and take them as a challenge to our work and ourselves – Be open! Be open for the other person. Open towards your neighbour. Open towards cultures and customs that are new for us.
A necessity for trust
We can see it as an invitation to a more convivial approach in social and diaconal work. Openness is an important key to understanding, to gaining new knowledge and to involvement in our local community and our society. We need openness to be able to really meet one another and share life-worlds and life-stories. We need openness to find ways to a more safe and trustful life in our communities and cities.