Sunday, September 9, 2018
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel for this Sunday (Mark 7:31-37) had Jesus curing a deaf man who also had a speech impediment. Jesus "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."
The first reading for this Sunday is from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (35: 4-7a) and begins by the Lord telling us "Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing...."
Our world is in such turmoil that we need to hear these words of the Lord.