What shows us the presence of God? In the Biblical world it was miracles – signs, which pointed towards the emergence of a new Kingdom, the Kingdom of God. This had been prophesied from of old: it was said that One would come, and also that certain things would be associated with this Messiah which would display the perfection of the Kingdom God wanted to establish. Jesus, in both his preaching and his miracles, proclaims that the Kingdom of God is at hand, in his own person. He fulfils the prophecies of the past, as he displays to the people of his own time, and to us, the nature of Gods Kingdom: in it all diseases and afflictions are abolished: so opening the man’s ears and eyes tells us two things: first that Jesus is God, present in our midst, and secondly that he calls us into a Kingdom where all is perfect.
Psalter: Week 3
Isaiah 35: 4 – 7.
The ears of the deaf shall be unsealed and the tongues of the dumb shall be loosed.
Response: Psalm 145
It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord who sets prisoners free.
It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord who protects the stranger.
The Lord upholds the widow and orphan,
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s god from age to age.
James 2: 1–5
God chose the poor to be the heirs to the kingdom.
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Mark 7: 31–37
He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.
Prayer of the Faithful:
R/. Lord, come to save us.
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