This Sunday's epistle teaches us that living faith reveals itself in action. In the gospel, Jesus shows the way: he welcomes the stranger into the only community that matters – when he listens to the case made by a worried mother and sees the faith she has put in God, and when he unlocks the eyes and unchains the voice of a man who cannot speak.
Can he free us? Can he lead us to health? Can he open our lips to sing his praise? Can he open our hands to work in the world as his body, his people of freedom? You betcha.
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Isaiah 35:4-7a. Psalm 146. James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17. Mark 7:24-37. Bproper18