Fr Hugh’s Homily for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
This gospel would have been called ‘Jesus heals the deaf and dumb man’ in the old days, or something like that. But if you have watched the film ‘The Sound of Metal,’ (sorry to get back to films so soon but this one just seemed to fit in) where the drummer in a band increasingly loses his hearing, you start to understand the complexity of the community that has hearing challenges, and speaking ones. At one point the drummer enters a community of those who mainly use sign language and they have a pride in this. At one scene the signing moves so fast the subtitles for hearing people cannot keep up. There is no desire to get help to hear, and when he chooses to have an implant the community rejects him, (and in fact he finds the results of the implant problematic too)…….