I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday July 8 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 6:1-6

Gospel Mark 6:1-6
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" 

And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house." So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
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My Reflections:
What usually happens when we belittle or look down on someone (For example our relatives/friends)? We normally are deprived of the privilege of knowing that person more deeply. Not only that we are deprived we also miss the opportunity to be blessed by that person’s insight and wisdom.

In marriage there’s a saying that goes: “Familiarity breeds contempt” this means that once you know your spouse well enough you somehow stop respecting him or her. This frequently happens  most especially when the couple reaches their seventh year together otherwise known as: The seven-year itch. Wherein the man looks for other women aside from his wife this infidelity may somehow lead to the couple’s separation. And if they eventually separate they are deprived of the many blessings that are due to couples that stay faithful to their vows of marriage.   

The moment these two relationships (friendship and marriage) fail to successfully materialize there’s one common deprivation that happens: The deprivation of many blessings. The blessing of insight, wisdom, lasting companionship and friendship just to name a few which  our friends and spouse could give to us.

The townmates of Jesus where amazed when they saw Jesus teaching in the synagogue they were wondering as to where did Jesus imbibed all of His wisdom and healing power. They said: “Where did this man get all this?” Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joset,Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" They were full of contemptuous feeling for Jesus because they know Him well as an ordinary carpenter. They could not accept that this ordinary man that they know very well is now  an emphatic speaker and healer.

Since Jesus was ridiculed by His own townmates they missed the opportunity to know Him well, they missed the opportunity to partake of His wisdom and they missed the golden opportunity to be spiritually and physically healed by Him.

This is also what we will miss if we will not listen to Jesus who continuously speaks to us through the daily events of our lives. Jesus also speaks to us through our spouses, relatives and friends but we continue to belittle them for the simple reason that we are already very familiar with them. 

Do you always listen to Jesus? Or you don’t anymore listen to Him instead you only listen to this noisy world and yourself. ...

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