The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, 2016
Mark 7:31-37
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Why would Jesus charge the crowd and the once-deaf man to tell no one about the miracle?

The people who brought the Deaf man to Jesus for healing understood that healing was good. They understood that ears should hear and tongues should speak.

This is how far we’ve come, how progressive we are, how much better things have gotten…

In the Gospel lesson, an ailing man was brought to Jesus for healing.

Today, that same man would be encouraged to think himself whole. Encourage a Deaf man to become hearing, for example, and you’ll receive the scorn of his community and yours.