In today’s gospel, “A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.” In Jesus’ day, deafness and dumbness usually went together in persons, who are deaf from their birth. They could not hear, and so they could not learn to speak. But this man seems to be unable to speak, not by nature, but through the possession of a demon, who had taken away, or restrained the use of his speech, out of demonic malice.
The impact is that he would not have the benefit of oral conversation with pthers, nor be able to speak aloud praise and glory to God. And he would not be able to respond to any exorcist who inquires about the name(s) of the demon. Jesus was not the first prophet to cast out a demon, but the “process” was able to move forward once the exorcists had commanded the person to speak the name of the demon. Something that was not possible in this case. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” Indeed, this miracle, mentioned almost in passing, revealed the true power of God in Jesus.
But also note, that this man did not come of himself to Christ. Perhaps he was unwilling or uninterested. Perhaps the demon prevented him. But his friends were concerned for his welfare. They seemed to have been persuaded that the healing stories told about Christ were true.
Would that we all have believing friends such as these. Would that we all were believing friends for others. The crowds would surely be amazed and maybe even say, “Nothing like this has ever been seen.”