“ He does all things well; He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.“
Mark 7: 31 – 37
Jesus travelled outside of Galilee where he met the Syro-Phoenician woman whose daughter he healed and, in today’s passage, he meets a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech.
Jesus, being outside his main thoroughfare shows, in a concrete way, God’s concern for everyone. God will continually reach out to those who are on the margins. To God, each one is like that one sheep for whom He must leave everyone else to seek out and bring joyfully back home. To God no one is forgotten or ignored.
This healing demonstrates the transformative power of Jesus and the ways in which He brings hope and healing to people’s lives. It encourages Christians, in particular, and people, in general, to have faith in Jesus and to trust in his ability to work in their lives.
This healing also reminds us of our common vocation, which is to hear and proclaim the Good News. We are never healed for our own sake only. There is always an evangelizing responsibility in our healing.