- Fr. Tarcisio
XXIII SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Reflection of the Word of God.
The prophet Isaiah makes a wonderful announcement to his people, especially those who were going through discouragement and depression, those “whose hearts are frightened”: “Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.” This saving presence will mean a great change in each person, especially the most vulnerable, but not only in people, but in the environment, when the desert and the steppe will flourish due to the abundance of water. How many of us would like to hear such words, especially in our moments of difficulty and existential drought? Well, today the Lord addresses that same announcement to each one of us. "Cheer up!".
In the Gospel, Jesus changes the life of a man who, because he was deaf and mute, had lived isolated, cut off from others. And he was so happy that he could not stop announcing to everyone who had cured him. May we also approach God willing to listen to his Word, and then speak about him to those who do not know him? Jesus came to make people open to God so that they can praise him for his great works. And his attention to the poor is the sign that the kingdom has come.
Finally, an example of deaf-mute Christians at heart are those who discriminate against their brothers, and who rely on appearances to treat their fellow men with greater or less respect. Situation that was taking place in the Christian community meetings. That is why James is very clear in his letter when he says: "Show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ .”