Today's Gospel can certainly fill us with hope as we see the fulfillment of the words of the prophet Isaiah through the person of Jesus Christ. The deaf hear and the mute speak. Our God is powerful. We tap into that power as we share in the Divine Life of Christ through our baptism. Think about the "Ephphetha" or "Prayer Over The Ears and Mouth" that takes place during the baptismal rite of a child. The celebrant touches the ears and mouth of the one being baptized while saying, "The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the dumb speak. May he soon touch your ears to receive his word, and your mouth to proclaim his faith, to the praise and glory of God the Father."
My question today is a simple one. Do the words we speak proclaim our faith in God? Do our words build up the Kingdom of God? Do our words give glory to the Father? If our words reflect a more negative connotation, today's readings invite us to turn from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. There is no room for vulgarity, profanity, gossip, lies, and anything else that does not give glory to God. If we have been blessed with the ability to speak, let's use that gift to build up God's people!