Three Lessons, One Story

Dear Parishioners,

I’d like to talk about today's gospel where Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment. This gospel reveals to us three valuable lessons.

The first lesson revealed to us is that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah of Israel. Jesus does what Isaiah foretold the Messiah would do in today’s first reading. He clears the ears of the deaf and makes the tongue of the mute sing.

The second lesson revealed to us is that Jesus is a compassionate person. He takes the deaf and mute man away from the crowd to heal him. He doesn’t make a public display of him. Rather, He deals with him privately and personally.

The third lesson revealed to us is the solution to the problem that so many of us experience today. We are unable to pray. We are unable to speak to God and to hear Him speak to us in our heart. We are spiritually deaf and mute.

The solution to this problem is to do what the deaf and mute man did. It is to seek out Jesus and ask Him to heal us. More specifically, it is to set aside a few minutes for daily prayer. We can ask Jesus to touch us, to heal us and to make us one with Him.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick