Quotations:

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Reflection for February 3, Wednesday of the Fourth Week; 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 Joseph 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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Reflection:
Envy and lack of faith are emotions that deprives us of peace of mind it also deprives us of unfathomable blessings from God. For example if we envy our neighbor because they have a higher status in life. We would normally try very hard to also match their expensive lifestyle even at the expense of our own financial wellbeing. Thus, there would be no peace in our lives because we would always be envious.

When Jesus went back to His native place He was met with scorn by His town mates because they envied Him. They were surprised of the miracles that He did they even questioned His miracles, they even belittled Him.

They did this to Jesus because they knew Him well as someone who was ordinary like them. Many of them saw Him grew up they only focused on this aspect of Jesus’ life: His being human like them. They purposely closed their eyes on His God given abilities. Even if they were aware of it they refused to acknowledge the power of Jesus.

What happened to them? Because of their unbelief Jesus was not able to carry out mighty deeds for them. This would happen to us also once we start to doubt our faith on Jesus. Our unbelief and lack of faith in Jesus will even hinder us from achieving our goals in life.  
But if we have strong faith we can rest assure that it will always be rewarded with something beautiful. It may not come on the time that we want it. However, if we would be patient, if we would be willing to wait and never give up there would be rewards that await us. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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