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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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Reflection for Sunday July 5, 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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A successful man who died was being given lavish praises by his relatives and friends during his eulogy. Lavish praises that he richly deserved for he was a good and humble man. Lavish praises that they purposely did not tell him while he was still alive for they envied him.

When Jesus went back to the place where he grew up in Nazareth. He went to their Synagogue to give a lecture and He did it with wisdom and eloquence. Yet Jesus did not receive any congratulatory acknowledgement not even a simple handshake. Or a  gesture of recognition from his former town mates.

Instead Jesus received from them derision and scorn. Because they could not accept that a former carpenter could speak to them with so much wisdom and eloquence. A former carpenter whom they knew very well could someday speak in their house of worship.  So they belittled Jesus instead of giving Him a well-deserved recognition.

Don’t we also act often times like the town mates of Jesus? We are very quick to judge and belittle our fellowmen and even our relatives who achieved a certain degree of success in their lives.

Why are we very quick to belittle? Why are we very quick to give unjust judgment? This is because of our very high regard of ourselves, perhaps this is brought about by our riches, education and status in life.

We place ourselves in a pedestal so high that we cannot anymore bend our knees in humility. We cannot anymore recognize worthy achievement because our eyes are already clouded with the cataract of our egos and high self-image.

If we are quick to draw judgment and scorn we also open ourselves to the same judgment and scorn. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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