The lady protagonist in the Netflix series “Homeland” is one that is blind and deaf to the realities of the world. While being a spy allows her to know most aspects of their operations unknown to others, her bipolar disability and affection for the Marine-turned-suspected terrorist portray a different person. She behaves like one that is stubborn, careless and unreasonable kind of person. She often elicits reaction and catches the viewer’s frustration.
In the Gospel (Mk. 7: 31-37), Jesus healed the deaf man with a speech impediment and ordered the people around not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. They were exceedingly astonished and they said, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
In the First Reading (Is. 35: 4-7a), the Prophet Isaiah presents God who,
“… comes with vindication, with divine recompense, and He comes to save you. Then will the “eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.”
While these are images of people who have never had the opportunity to meet and listen to the Gospel of God, it is also meant to refer to those who refuse to open their ears and not allow the word of salvation to penetrate their hearts.
In reality, all of us have these disabilities in one way or the other. These happen when we ignore those who are poor preferring attention to those who are rich and influential in society. We look at how they appear on the surface while ignoring God’s love for them. “Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
that he promised to those who love him?” (Jas 2: 1-5)
Today, the Gospel tells us to put into good use these basic human qualities of hearing and listening for the sake of the Kingdom of God. We are not supposed to use it to spread lies, fake news, or gossip.
In this fractured world, let us pray that the Lord opens the ears and loosens the tongue of the people close to us, in the communities that we are in, and in the society where people often insist on their own issues more than listening to others. We pray that God opens the eyes of those that remain to be blind and the ears to hear the words of everlasting life.
‘Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom and cured every disease among the people.’ (Mt.4: 23)