Deaf Interpreters: Jesus is Not Like Godzilla in Today’s Gospel


This comes from Amy Smith Delamer at the wonderful University of Dayton. (Go Flyers!) She noted on Facebook today that today is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus (Corpus Christi). Today’s Gospel is the Feeding of the 5000 but to the deaf community in some places the Gospel could have a whole other meaning.

“There is this wonderful woman — Jenny. She’s 78, and she speaks at (a conference I go to) every year. She tells the story of just beginning to interpret (for the deaf community) at her church, and, not knowing that there are different signs for “feed” and “eat”, she told the deaf community in her church that Jesus ATE the 5,000!”

My wife who is a deaf interpreter at mass will love this story. She’s got a bunch of stories likes these but this one is one of the funnier ones I’ve heard. Thanks, Amy.

BTW…I own both of those figures pictured. Scary.

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  1. Actually, Mike, the story continues! After Jenny made Jesus a cannibal, someone signed to her, “We don’t believe you!” Still unaware of her blunder, she told them that they didn’t have to believe her; it’s in the Bible. And that was only the men, so really, Jesus probably ate more like 9,000, when you include women and children. “That’s impossible!” they signed, furiously. “Nothing is impossible for God!” she responded. 🙂

    Jenny loves that her story is being shared, by the way. She fell early in May and broke her hip and wrist. She’s recovering nicely, but prayers are appreciated.

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  2. I thought Jenny’s interpreting was absolutely hysterical. I am a teacher of the deaf and a church interpreter. I remember when I first started interpreting. If the deaf people didn’t understand, they woulde have blank looks on their faces. After Jenny signed this, their looks must have been priceless. I would have been rolling on the floor laughing after she told them it was in the bible!! Fingers would have been flying that day for sure!!!

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