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FRIDAY OF THE SEVENTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JULY 30, 2021



A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mt 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.


REFLECTION

And they took offense at him.


Do we have preconceived ideas? Do we have old ideas of friends from grammar class or high school who were the class cutups but now are priests or nuns, doctors of philosophy, lawyers, teachers, engineers, physicians and responsible parents? Do we give them a chance to prove themselves or do we politely converse but not go to them for their expertise or credit them with their undertakings?


Jesus had a similar problem in the familiarity of the Nazareans to His family and education. They remembered who His family was and instead of hearing what He was saying or listening to His teachings, they ignored or criticized Him. And because of this, very few miracles, proof of Jesus' divinity, took place.


Preconceptions can prevent a friendship or a relationship from happening. For many of my adult years, I was very aware and quite scared of an angry God, who could strike me dead, punish me and my future generations, who if I disobeyed would be sure I had punishment coming my way. These preconceived ideas of an angry God made it hard to love Him.


But I was quite wrong.


God gave us two eyes and two ears to help us see and hear His Son. Nazareth saw Jesus so differently from how the other communities saw Jesus.

They were seeing Jesus through their preconceived ideas of being a carpenter's son and the son of Mary. And they refused to see or listen to Him. They were unable to see His beauty and His goodness.

Because they knew His family, they then, therefore, knew what to expect from Him. When people think they know what to expect from you, they don't really want to be surprised that you are someone very different from their expectations. And (so) they took offense at Him. How dare they allow Him to instruct them about God.


Do we close our eyes and our ears when someone talks to us about God? Do people close their eyes and ears when we speak to them about God?


Pray that no one is blinded in learning about God who is madly in love with us.


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God Bless You

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