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Theology for the common man

23 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, September 09, 2018

According to the prophecy of Isaiah, when the Messiah comes he will take care of his people: “He comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing”. In Jesus Christ these signs of the coming of the Messiah are fulfilling in case of many people with whom He has contact. An example of this we have in today passage of the gospel which relates the case of the miracle in healing a deaf man. Jesus takes him off by himself not wanting to do an unnecessary show, which would disturb his public mission. By indispensable gestures which had to restore the faculty of hearing and speech and by the prayer to Father with commend: “Ephphatha!” (which means: “be opened”), Jesus makes the deaf to hear and to speak putting the witnesses who stood not far away in astonishment. Although Jesus asked them not to tell about the miracle to anyone, they spread this information everywhere because one cannot keep in silence the most important meeting of his life with the Messiah, which does not occur every day. “The more He ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it: He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak”. This way the prophecy about the coming of the Messiah is fulfilled on Jesus’ work. In the name of Jesus, His work of salvation today is accomplished in the Church where the people of God worship the Father through the Holy Spirit. Many people who are lost in their life, after meeting a live Jesus, receive the grace of the regaining their sight and open themselves to the Word of God which enable them to spread it further, sharing the Good News about salvation in Jesus to others. They cannot keep it in silence. As a matter of fact, this is the mission of the Church, where there is no partiality, that everyone has access no matter is he poor or rich. The most important, is the work of salvation, where “God chose 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”.