Written by: Evan Cowie, UF Student

As Catholics, we believe that God is omnipotent – that He holds power over everything that exists. Every moment of every hour, every little thing is just so because He allows it to be. We also know that God loves us, with the deep abiding love of a Father.

So then, why do we fear? Why are we anxious? God is all-loving, and all-powerful: He will give you everything that you need. Trust in Him, and all will be provided for.

From the first reading (Isaiah 35:4): “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.”

What’s more than this, that same God did not see fit to reign from upon the heights. Rather, He stepped into our brokenness, dwelling among us in our squalor and our filth. The King of Infinite Glory took the form of a humble carpenter.

As it says in the Angelus: “Et Verbum caro factum est, et habitavit in nobis.”  And the Word became flesh, and dwelt amongst us.

While He was here among us, He healed many – the blind, the lame, the leper, the deaf and mute. With great tenderness and compassion, He treated even the lowliest among us.

From today’s Gospel (Mark 7:33-35): “He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ – that is, ‘Be opened!’ – And immediately the man’s ear were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.”

Indeed, Our Lord continues to love us in this same fashion, emptying Himself out for all. It is what He did on the Cross, and so it is what we receive in the host and chalice of the Eucharist, and in the absolution of Confession. We the blind, are made to see. We the lame, are made to walk. And we the deaf and mute, are made to hear and speak.  

Given this incredible love, this act of perfect self-sacrifice, this complete condescension of God, how is it that we are to treat any one as less than another?

As James instructs the faithful (James 2:1): “My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.”

Whether rich or poor, blind, crippled, or of any other condition, we are called to extend the love of Jesus, the folly of the Cross, to each and every person. Just as it was given to us, freely and extravagantly, so must we give it to others.This is the great beauty of our faith – we are all called to participate in the work of salvation, the work of the Cross, trusting in God always.

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