Twenty-third Sunday

We have in the first reading an echo in the prophet of the healing miracles Jesus performed. The blind sees, the deaf hear, the lame leak, the mute speak. We in our day begin to take modern miracles for granted. Just because a physician performs surgery or gives us medicines, does not mean that God is not doing anything. Most physicians I know will say that they can put the pieces in the right place to facilitate the healing, but it is God who still does the healing. Do we give God the credit, or just the physician? God reaches out to all his children to assist them as he wants all to come to him. As James says, he shows no partiality and expects us to “show no partiality” as we “adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.” We need to remember that “God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him. As mentioned earlier Jesus fulfills what the prophets foretold when he healed the deaf. We continue to use Jesus’ word “Ephphatha” each time we baptize an infant asking that their ears be open to hear God’s word and their mouths be free to proclaim the glory of God.

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

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