MY daily reflection and prayer:
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Mark 6:1-6
He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.
JESUS returned to his home town, not simply as the carpenter’s son, but he came back home as a rabbi with his disciples. As a rabbi as well he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath service to read from the scriptures. He then taught the people and many who heard him astonishedly.
The evangelist describes, they listened with rapt attention to Jesus because they had heard about the miracles he had performed in other towns. But unfortunately they did not accept him. Why? Because they did not recognize him deeply.
They only knew about Jesus as they thought about him as they said, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?”
Based on their narrow perspective and characterized by a closed-minded and unbelieving towards him, they took offense at Jesus. They not only refused to listen to what he had to say but also did not believe in him.
Then Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” He even could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them.
What about each of us all? Do we also despise him because of his undistinguished family background. Do we also refuse to listen what he wants to say to us today? Do we trust in him?
Jesus comes to all of us to teach and to preach on the good news for us. He comes to offer his friendship to all of us. He comes in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring freedom to the afflicted who suffered from physical, mental, and spiritual oppression. He comes to set us free, not only from our physical, mental, and spiritual infirmities; but also from the tyranny of slavery to sin and the fear of losing our lives.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we come to Jesus Christ not only to hear him but also to experience his redeeming power. His power alone can save us from hopelessness, desolation and emptiness of life.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Gospel of salvation for us. You are the good news for everyone who will receive you. Let we know the joy and freedom you offer in your pressence for you are the fulfillment of all our hopes and desires. Set our hearts on fire with your love and truth so we are able to lovingly serve others now and forever. Amen.
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