The 16th Sunday After Pentecost, September, 2018
Old Testament: Isaiah 35:4–7a
Epistle:James 2:1–10, 14–18
Gospel: Mark 7:24–37
In the third of the three Gospel readings from Mark chapter seven, Jesus heals two different people in different ways and in different circumstances. Although the woman begs for mere crumbs, God’s grace is always much bigger. By His grace we are established in faith through Word and Sacrament, and like the man in the second healing our ear are opened to hear and our tongues are loosed to confess. God has come to save us through the sending of His Son, (Old Testament), and through Christ His ears are open to our pleas for mercy (Introit and Collect). Ephphata! Be opened!