My Daily Reflection and Prayer: Wednesday, February 0, 2015
Dear my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. 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.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today tells us that Jesus faces a severe testing when he returns to his home town, not simply as the carpenter’s son, but now as a rabbi with disciples. People of Nazareth take offense at Jesus and refuse to listen to what he has to say. So he says that no prophet or servant of God can receive honor among his own people.
Because of this rejection, Jesus then can do no mighty works in their midst. They are closed-minded and unbelieving towards him. If people have come together to hate and to refuse to understand, then they will see no other point of view than their own and they will refuse to love and accept others.
How do we treat those who seem disagreeable to us? Let’s ask Jesus Christ we worship in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist his Holy Spirit. He will guide us to love and accept him in our lives. May we experience his miracle by accepting and believing in him
Let’s praise: Lord Jesus Christ, you are the fulfillment of all our hopes and desires. Your Spirit brings grace, truth, freedom, and abundant life. Set our hearts on fire with your love and truth now and forever. Amen.
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