Fr. Ren Ligeralde, CJM
In the first reading, Isaiah noted that in his vision, God said: “…the ears of the deaf be cleared…then the tongue of the mute will sing (Isaiah 35:5-6).” While in the Gospel, Mark narrated that a deaf man with speech impediment was brought to Jesus (Mark 7:32). Then, the people also spoke about Jesus. They said that Jesus made the deaf to hear and the mute to speak (Mk 7:37).
So, if in Isaiah, God promised that the ears of the deaf be cleared and the tongue of the mute will sing, and Jesus, according to Mark, opened the ears of a deaf man and he was able to speak. Then, this might indicate or could be a biblical reference of Jesus as the fulfilment of God’s promise. Consequently, this might give the readers an affirmation that Jesus is the presence of God. In other words, it is the arrival of the messianic age.
Adding the second reading, James reminds the people “not to show partiality in dealing with people (James 2:1).” In the Gospel, it is not mentioned whether the man was a Gentile or not. It could be sufficed to say that for Jesus it does not matter whether a person is a gentile or not. He would always extend his help to anyone. There is no partiality in Jesus. He is always inclusive.
What is this for us in the 21th century. The message is the same. If Jesus is present in our lives then, as true witnesses and disciples of Jesus, we ought to show no partiality when dealing with others. We ought to help everyone. The presence of messianic age could be felt. Salvation is at hand.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, allow our mouth to speak the truth. Open our ears to the groaning of the needy. Allow us to be a Messiah to other people, that is bringing the presence of the Father to our brothers and sisters without partiality. Amen.