The 12th Sunday after Trinity

Today's Reading: Mark 7:31-37

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 19:1-21; Ephesians 3:1-21

Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. (Mark 7:35)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We learn to speak by what we hear. We hear our parents talking and so we learn to talk. We hear them using foul language or hear it from others and we repeat it. We learn to say our prayers by hearing them over and over in the liturgy. What goes in our ears comes out our mouths.

That's why Jesus' miracle is teaching us about how He saves us, too. You may not be physically deaf or have a speech impediment, but being born sinful, your ears are blocked up and your mouth has nothing good to say about God.

Therefore, Jesus comes to open your ears and loose your tongue. He does this at the font and whenever you are absolved and every time you eat and drink His Body and Blood and hear His Word preached and taught. We learn His Word as we hear it repeated each week in the liturgy and order of service of the church, in the hymns we sing and from the catechism we learn and memorize.

Jesus does things this way to save us. He knows the world is filling our ears with junk and our mouths spew it back out. Filthy talk. Gossip. Hateful and hurtful words that break others' bones. So the Lord saves us by putting His Word into our ears. The Words of life and salvation. The words of forgiveness. The Words of the truth that He is our Savior for He has paid the price for all our sins, even our words.

Jesus opens our ears so that we will hear clearly and unmistakably the Good News: Our sins are forgiven because Jesus has died and risen. And to that our mouths speak a loud and clear "Amen!" In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Almighty and merciful God, whose gift it is that Your faithful possess all things pertaining to faith and life, we implore You that we may so faithfully cling to Your promises in this life that we fail not finally to attain to Your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Trinity 12)

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