It is the Third Advent. Today’s reading is promise to the blind, the lame, the deaf and dumb and of course to all of those who mean to help them.
 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.  It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.  Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.  Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.  Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing:
for in the wilderness
shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.  And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.  And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.  No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
The second paragraph is actually left out in the Lectionary, except for verse 10.
The Deaf and Dumb
So these are the people who do not hear or speak, leave alone sing. But the power of Jesus Christ will enable all. Obviously, one has to hear to learn. One has to hear to learn to convert one’s manners and become a better person, closer to God every day. Certainly, only a person who can hear can hear the Word of God. So if such a person dares to trust his ears, this person can obey the Word of God. Then this person will not be dumb anymore. Therefore this person might be able to speak the Word of God. So the deaf and dumb shall hear and speak, the blind shall see and the lame shall jump.
Most of those became the deaf and dumb due to the way the powerful treated them. In Mark 2: 5 Jesus said to a lamed person, ‘Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.’ And then in verse 11, ‘Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.’
So are you listening to the Word of God? Or are you thinking of the rules of men, laming yourself? The Word of God sets free the Deaf and dumb!
This reading reminds us of the early Christians.
The early Christians were not powerful people, they were the poor and the salves. Their masters or owners educated them to ‘look down’ as in the opening scene of Les Misérable. They looked down and therefore did not see. Blind they were. They did not dare to move. Lame they were. They became the deaf and dumb, because they rather not heard and did not speak.
Christianity sets free the deaf and dumb. It makes the blind look up and see. Christianity brings joy, it makes those who seem lame jump! It strengthens the weak by making them fearless or rather fear less. The parched ground shall become a pool. Through the teaching of Christ, the teaching of love, we will enjoy the fullness of life.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding!