Clay Berkley
Sr Client Support Consultant/Analyst
Engineering & Science Computing

Every time I read about this miracle, I can’t help but imagine what it must have been like for the man to regain his hearing and speech. He must have been amazed at the sudden flood of sounds—of air, of voices, of footsteps, and of birds. But perhaps he was also overwhelmed by the imposing cacophony around him.

Jesus opens our ears to hear his call. And it can be both beautiful and overwhelming. While we hear him calling to us in the still, small voice of the wind in the trees and the songs of birds, we also hear him in the cries of the starving and in the shouts of the oppressed pleading for justice. These insistent voices are the voice of Jesus himself in the least of these he calls his sisters and brothers. They are the sounds of Christ calling us to care for him in the poor, the persecuted, the sick, the hungry, the naked, the prisoners, and all those marginalized by the world.

The call to care for the least is a call for action, and with our newfound hearing also comes a loosened tongue with which we can speak up for those on the margins. We speak to God on their behalf in our prayers and we are often called to speak truth to power as we help these neighbors who Saint Teresa of Calcutta described as “Jesus in disguise.”

It is a miraculous grace that, as he opens our ears and inspires our voice, Jesus entrusts his work of healing and reconciliation to us who not long ago were deaf to him.