Jesus’ healing of the deaf man recalls the words of the prophet Isaiah who predicted that, when the Messiah comes, “the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy”. Jesus’ actions bring to remembrance those words, and they inspire Peter to confess that Jesus is indeed the long-awaited “Messiah.”

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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