Twelfth Sunday after Trinity (1880)
Mark 7:31-37It is a sad proof of the great spiritual blindness of mankind that they do not recognize intheir thousand-fold hardships and sorrows not only the true causes of them, namely sin, butalso they do not seek help for it where it is only found. They take their refuge in hardships intheir own understanding and wisdom, or in the good will of others, seek help from the creaturewho cannot help itself.
So they must finally temporally and eternally perish in their hardships.For there is only One in Whom we can receive help in every need: Jesus Christ, our Savior.Today's Gospel indicates to us an example, that it is He Who makes everything well and can andwill help in all hardships.
The all healing help of Jesus to a deaf-mute.
This help was1.
, from Whom it was requested.
It is Jesus, Who shortly before hadmade well the daughter of the Canaanite woman within the borders of Tyreand Sidon, Who went about doing good etc.
, Who will cast out no one whocomes to Him
that needed Him.
This deaf and dumb man is a reflection of thespiritual misery of his mostly heathen people in the Decapolis beyond theJordan, like the human race in general, which is by nature, if not physically,then spiritually deaf and dumb by original sin;c. the people that begged Him.
Those friends who kindly attend to the deaf-mute, show their faith that had been wrought in them by what they heardabout Christ, and the love springing from faith compelled them to bring toChrist the deaf-mute so that he might gain his own faith and find physical andspiritual help through this in Jesus;d. the request that they make on his behalf.
Their request was to the effect thatthe Lord lay His Hand and might heal him, as He did with many others, andthey did not doubt in the hearing of their request. - This help was