September 5, 2021
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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.
Isaiah 35:4-6

As the prophet Isaiah offers a hymn celebrating the restoration of Jerusalem, we glimpse the magnificence of the power of God. For mighty miracles will accompany that blessed time: “he comes to save you.”

Today’s Gospel from Mark offers the blessed fulfillment of that prophetic hymn as Jesus, whose name means “God saves” or “savior,” heals the man who is both deaf and mute. The touch of Jesus opens the man’s ears and allows him to speak, perhaps even to sing!

We, too, are called to live this faith—acknowledging this fulfillment: Jesus comes to save us!

Lord, may my ears hear your Word and my lips voice my praise of you both in prayer and in my conversations with others.

- Pat Gohn

Isaiah 35:4-7a • Psalm 146:6-10 James 2:1-5 • Mark 7:31-37


September 5, 2021 at 11:43 AM


September 5, 2021 at 11:17 AM


September 5, 2021 at 09:54 AM

I thought the way Jesus healed this deaf and mute man was gross in Luke 7:33b-35, "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." *** Why do I think it was gross? Perhaps I am frightened, weak and fearful in Isaiah 35:4a, "Thus says the LORD: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!" I am worried about germs and diseases with spitting touching my tongue and picking my earwax will not clear my hearing, right? *** Sometimes, I just don't want to hear what someone else have to say because they are of a different denomination or political affiliation or culture or background or upbringing :-( That is like letting someone sticking their fingers into my ears with their denomination, political affiliation, culture, background or upbringing? *** Hear how it worked in Isaiah 35:4bc, "Here is (1) your God, He comes with vindication; (2) with divine recompense (3) He comes to save you!" ******* The results are in Isaiah 35:5-7a, "Then will (1) the eyes of the blind be opened, (2) the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will (3) the lame leap like a stag, then (4) the tongue of the mute will sing. (5) Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. (6) The burning sands will become pools, (7) and the thirsty ground, springs of water." *** Revelation 3:20, "Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends." *** Luke 8:18, "So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to My teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” *** Revelation 3:22, "Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.” ******* Open my ears, so I can speak! Open my mouth, so I can see! Open my eyes, so I can hear! Amen!


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