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Sunday, September 5, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
A few months ago, many young people were waiting anxiously for word from the schools they applied to attend. Some were eighth graders awaiting high school acceptance letters, some waiting for those letters from colleges and yet others from graduate schools. I’m sure there was a great deal of heartache as some experienced rejection notices and I’m sure consolation and great excitement accompanied notices of acceptance. The acceptance letters, the heralds of good news ushered in a wide range of excitement and new found dreams of future experiences. It has been a few weeks and most of our college age youth have traveled from home back to their institutes of learning. Our high school and elementary students are just about to begin their journey. It is always a good thing to recall and revisit those exciting and grace filled moments of acceptance and future expectations.
The messages about the Messiah in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah give similar glimmers of hope to the chosen people displaced by occupation and war. One day, they pray, someone will come and save us; return us back home. This weekend’s passage delivers such a message. “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God, He comes with vindication; With divine recompense He comes to save you” Isaiah 35:4. I’m sure many at the time were asking the same questions: “How will we know the Messiah when He comes?” The Good News of Isaiah goes on to describe some of the Messiah’s effect upon those who encounter him. “Then the eyes of the blind shall see, and the ears of the deaf be opened; Then the lame shall leap like a stag, and the mute tongue sing for joy” Isaiah 35:5-6.
This “sign” of the Messiah’s effect upon people is then echoed in the Gospel of Mark this weekend. A deaf man who consequently has a speech impediment has an encounter with Jesus and low and behold is able to hear and consequently able to speak clearly. Of course, he is filled with excitement and joy would be an understatement. The crowd’s response? “They were exceedingly astonished, and they said, ‘He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak’” Isaiah 35:37.
Though the gift of the Holy Spirit, Jesus still walks among us and surprises us with His presence and action in our lives. When was the last time you recognized the Divine working within your life’s journey? These are stories worth sharing.