There are some interesting parallels in our readings this week.
In our Old Testament reading, Isaiah prophesies about when God will come to save Israel:
“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy” ~ Isaiah 35:5-6
Then in our Gospel, Jesus heals a man who is deaf and dumb.
In our Epistle reading, James warns us against showing favoritism in our congregations and having faith without works.
Then in our Gospel, Jesus heals the daughter of a Gentile after an exchange about children and dogs, tables and crumbs.
It is the Psalm that seems to gather these thoughts together: human power and human princes fail, but the Lord is faithful forever, and heals, feeds, executes justice, and watches over those in need.