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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Friday, May 1, 2015

Reflection for Friday May 1, St. Joseph the Worker; Matthew 13:54-58

Gospel: Matthew 13:54-58
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, "Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter's son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?" And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house." And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.
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Rejection is always hard to accept, but why are we being rejected in the first place? Perhaps we have done a wrongdoing or we have offended the sensibilities of the person who rejected us.

Jesus was rejected when He returned to Nazareth: His native place. Jesus did not do anything offensive, He even taught at their synagogue. Yet He was rejected and the sole reason for His rejection is they know who He was. His town mates were too familiar with Him and His family.

His town mates couldn’t accept the fact that His wisdom was extra-ordinary and for this they rejected Him. But why reject when they could have welcomed Him with open arms? They rejected Jesus because they were envious of Him. Envious of His intelligence and the adulation given to Him by the people.

We will not get anything good if we have envy in our hearts. We are in-fact closing our hearts to the many blessings that Jesus wants to shower us. Instead of being envious, why not simply be happy with our fellowmen’s success?- Marino J. Dasmarinas

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