September 6, 2015
Prophet Isaiah, 35:4-7, gives hope for the people. For people living in the shadow of death; due to political invasion, wars, famine, natural calamities and insecurities of every kind, assurance of relief gives great hope.
Isaiah gives that assurance, that the time of fear, suffering and insecurity will end, and a new era of freedom, hope and new life will usher in. They will receive divine blessing, righteousness will reign, and paradise will be restored. In simple terms he explains the signs of the new era, the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared, the lame leap like a stag, the tongue of the mute will sing. He foresees a total change and new life in the Messianic kingdom.
Did that happen? Or when will it happen? It has happened and continues to happen. An account of what happened is told to us in today’s gospel, Mark 7:31-37. Just as Isaiah had foretold the signs of the Messianic age is made visible in the action of Jesus. As Jesus went to the district of Decapolis (a Gentile territory) people brought to him a deaf and dumb man. Touched by Jesus, the man was freed of his impediments. The astonished spectators testify saying, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” The hope of Isaiah becomes a reality.
Is that all? No, there is still more. The Messianic kingdom is to grow and continue. To this effect, Jesus invites us to involve in his mission and be participants of his kingdom. He wants us to be the means of healing, liberating, life-giving salvific work.
St. James exhorts us to show no partiality in our service to people in working for the salvation of all. Jesus did not show partiality. He went to the Gentile, an unworthy, untouchable, outcast and proved that no one is beyond the boundaries of God’s salvation.
Today, there are many living hopelessly, deaf to the word of God, blind to God’s wonderful action, dumb to the truth. You can be Christ’s instrument in bringing hope, courage, light and healing to them. There are many still longing for it and groping in darkness. Christ’s mission continues. Be part of it.