In the Gospel of Mark 7:32, we read about Jesus curing a deaf man with a speech impediment. As stated in the Little Burgundy Book, “what a moment that must have been.” In His infinite wisdom, the Lord has blessed every one of us with tailor-made gifts. When we ask Him to heal, to cure, to make us whole, strong, and healthy, God responds with a gift. In recognizing, embracing, and appreciating such gifts, we are called to give of ourselves for the benefit of others.
At Baptism, we received the gifts of forgiveness from original sin and membership in the Catholic church. Then, through our First Communion, we were granted the extraordinary gift of the Holy Eucharist. Indeed, the Bread of Life is something we could never afford and yet is freely given to us. To hear the Word of God proclaimed is another wondrous gift, as the wisdom contained therein is beyond that of any person. And perhaps the greatest gift God has bestowed on us is the forgiveness of our sins. That lifesaving healing cannot be paid for or earned. It is given to us by God.
All told, we are the richest people in the world thanks to these gifts we receive by being disciples of Jesus. For that we should be most thankful, and all the more inclined to serve others in need in thought, word, and deed.