Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
4 Sep 2021

While our sympathy and pity are with the man in today’s gospel story, nevertheless, we regard him as one of the lucky ones, to have met Jesus, who cured him, gave him a break in life and made him like the rest of us. We take for granted our ability to hear and speak, but both gifts are meant for a purpose even greater than human communication. They are also our means of listening to God and speaking his word. This is something we should never forget.  What we hear and what we say determine to a great extent what we do and they make us the persons we are. The plight of the man in today’s gospel is ours in so far as we refuse to listen to what God is saying to us and act upon it. We all need the healing hand of Christ to make us hear and speak the message of God properly.  But is it possible that we are like this man because of our refusal to give a listening ear to the lonely, the troubled, and the worried?  How many times have we failed to utter a word of encouragement, of hope and thanks, or have kept a discreet silence when we should have spoken the truth?  Then there are the problems we have in speaking to our partner or neighbors, because of a longstanding row or simply out of jealousy, envy or pride. What Jesus is saying to us is that the greatest tragedy of all is not to be born deaf and mute, but to have ears and fail to hear and to have tongues and fail to speak. We are the ones who need to be brought to Jesus for his healing touch, which brings communication where there are silences, companionship where there is loneliness, and encouragement where there is despair.