Reading I: Genesis 32:23-33
Responsorial: Psalm 17:1b, 2-3, 6-7ab, 8b and 15
Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
In Matthew's gospel, the chapters we are reading from are called the Narrative Section. They are more or less simply recording what Jesus is doing as he journeys through the countryside. In this piece Jesus heals a dumb demoniac. The people take this as a sign of healing while the Pharisees see it as the work of the devil. This is the beginning of the dissension about who Jesus is. This dispute grows all through the gospel until it reaches its height on Calvary. Matthew records how he goes through the country doing good. In this narrative section Jesus and his mission are going smoothly. Things are good. The people are flocking to hear him, they are learning and being healed. This is the time of plenty for Jesus.
In our lives we have the ordinary time, the time when all is well. We are healthy, young and vigorous. All is well with the world. But we know from Jesus' life and from our own experience that even the good times pass. This is the time for recharging our batteries, learning and praying for the times ahead when we shall be challenged by life and by others. What these stories tell us is that Jesus is in every part of our lives, even the mundane journey through the countryside....and even here he is working!