The focus of our readings is God’s love and salvation expressed in physical healing. The readings show God’s concern for those who have no hope apart from miraculous intervention.

     Isaiah images the redemption of God’s people in the wonderful, gratuitous healing of the blind, the deaf, the crippled, and the mute.

     Our passage from Mark reveals Jesus as the fulfillment of that promise. Jesus himself is redemption. The man who is deaf and mute experiences this in his gift of hearing and speech. Like all miracle stories, it is a sign of ultimate salvation.

     Just as those in physical need look to God for healing, so, too, we look to God for the free gift of salvation.  (Treehaus publications)