Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ez. 2:2-5 | Ps. 123:1-4 | 2Cor. 12:7-10 | Mk. 6:1-6

The prophet is not accepted in his own town. Jesus knew that. The first reading attests to that as well. Jesus tried to teach in the synagogue in Nazareth. Because the people “knew him” they did not listen to His words. They heard Him speak and decided that since He was a home-town boy that He had nothing to say that would be credible. This is the quality that is spoken about in the first reading. Even today, we find that people are not willing to listen to someone from their own family. If a stranger came, he/she would be credible, not one who is well known.

Paul is talking about his desire to follow Christ’s words and teaching; but, despite his desire, he knows that he is struggling with his own weaknesses. In this, he hears God tell him that it is in his weaknesses that he will bring God’s graces and strength. When we are humble, we are open to the reality that we cannot do all things on our own. We see our need for God’s strength and power to help us.

Take time to allow God to be present to you. Ask God for the strength and grace to help you do and act in God’s name. Ask for the grace to be faithful despite the support or lack of support from those you live with, your friends, neighbors or co-workers.

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