In the Gospel today we hear of one of Jesus’ healings – this time of a man who was deaf mute but who, by the touch of Jesus, begins to hear and therefore to speak. As with all his healing miracles, Jesus brings the man back into the human community from the isolation to which his deafness and muteness had condemned him. The outcast finally comes home.
What the prophet Isaiah foretold, Jesus now does; and what Jesus did then, the Church does now. A Church which doesn’t open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf, which doesn’t help the lame to leap like a deer and the tongue of the mute to sing for joy can’t be the Church of Jesus Christ.
That’s why we have the services of the Church, some of the most important of which are supported by the Annual Catholic Campaign. These are services of a missionary Church that reaches out to those who are physically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually cast out.
Centacare’s Pastoral Ministries are a hidden but essential outreach of the Church. The MacKillop Catholic School Access Fund makes Catholic education possible for children whose families are in financial or spiritual crisis. The Priests Foundation ensures that priests who have given their lives in service are properly cared for when they are sick or retired, and Holy Spirit Seminary educates future priests so they will be men able to embrace the outcast.
You are invited today to financially support the mission of your Church by making a gift to the Annual Catholic Campaign. On your pews and at the entrance to St Benedict’s/St Joseph’s there are campaign envelopes for you to make your donation. If you did not come prepared today to support the appeal, simply take home a campaign envelope and return it next weekend. Thank you once again for your generous support. Everyone’s donation is important and no-one’s contribution is taken for granted.