NO ONE CAN BE A FOLLOWER OF THE LORD WITHOUT REACHING OUT TO THE HELPLESS

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Today’s readings offer us God’s invitation to become humble instruments of healing in Jesus’ hands by giving voice to the voiceless and caring love to the needy and the marginalized in our society. The readings also invite us to open our ears to hear the word of God and to let our tongues be loosened by the Holy Spirit to convey the Good News of God’s love and salvation to others.
The Gospel describes how Jesus, by healing a deaf man with speech impediment fulfilled Isaiah’s Messianic prophecy, “The eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.” The ailments listed by Isaiah are symbolic of our interior illnesses: blindness to the needs of our neighbor, unwillingness to hear God’s voice and the inability to speak words of praise and gratitude. Through this miracle story, Mark also reminds us that no

Excerpted from the homily of Fr Tony Kadavil available at http://frtonyshomilies.com