"He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak"
today’s gospel and that of next Sunday Jesus is wandering on the fringes of
The miracle story doubtless reflects an actual incident in the life of Jesus. It also is aimed at those members of the community who, because they would not hear, could not speak about the work of Jesus.
Note that like so many of Jesuss miracles, this one is relatively simple. Marks repeated theme is that Jesus did indeed do signs and wonders but refused demands for spectacular signs because he was not merely a wonder worker but a prophet, a prophet who opens the hears of all, as the first reading suggests.
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
Once upon a time there was a lake
which usually froze over in the winter. It was a great place to skate and
very safe as long as the weather remained cold. Normally parents began to
worry about the lake only after March 15 because the lake was in the
Their parents told them not to. The kids listened and nodded dutifully.
How, they said, could there be thin ice when it was so cold. Most of the kids, more because of fear of being punished then fear of the lake, stood on the shore and watched as five of them, three boys and two girls, shouting that the others were chicken skated all around the lake and had a grand old time. Then all five of them were for just a moment in the same place and, well . . . You know what happened.
There was a sound like someone had fired a gun. The ice cracked all around them and they were suddenly on an ice island in the middle of the lake at least twenty feet from any other ice which was still cracking and breaking up. Then the little ice island looked like it was going to sink.
Then one little boy, the worst chicken of all because he was smart, ran into a house and called 911. In ten minutes a police helicopter arrived and lifted the five kids off the ice island.
Do I have to tell you what the cops said to them? Or their parents? Or how long they were grounded from skating?
7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives
food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
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