Today's Gospel reports something that happened while Jesus was on the non-Jewish side of the lake of Galilee in a place referred to as the Decapolis, that is, Ten Cities. It was a region that was heavily influenced by the Greeks, who were a people with another language and another culture. A deaf and dumb man is brought to Jesus, who heals him. A deaf and dumb person is incapable of communicating with others, of keeping in contact with others: they cannot hear what they say, cannot react…since they have not heard a thing. This man lived in isolation, alone. In the gospel of Mark, this deaf and dumb person stands for all those whose ears are shut; they cannot listen to the Gospel of Christ and cannot praise the Lord with their mouths. Paul says that humans do not acquire their faith through visions or angelic messages but through hearing the word of God proclaimed by the announcers of the Gospel (Rom 10:17). Anybody suffering from this "spiritual deafness" does not have faith. Before Christ, all people have their ears closed to God's message. They are dumb, incapable of communicating to others the message that they themselves are unable to hear. By curing the deaf and dumb, Jesus teaches us that a new dialogue between heaven and earth has begun: Jews and all people alike, now have their ears and hearts opened to his Gospel; they are capable of hearing it, can accept it in faith, and proclaim it to their brothers and sisters. Aren't we deaf when we shut our ears to the invitation of Christ speaking through the Scriptures? Aren't we deaf when we do not hear the cry of the poor? Aren't we dumb whenever we fail to share the Gospel because we are ashamed to speak for God. The healing work of Jesus represents the victory over our inability to listen to others.