14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Ezekiel 2:2-5 II: 2Cor 12:7-10
Mark 6:1-6

1 He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him.
2 And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands!
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.
4 And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."
5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them.
6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.

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Jesus, the teacher and miracle worker, is misunderstood and rejected by his own people.

  1. Who have been the prophets to me, speaking the words of God? Did I misunderstand and reject the prophets? What do God say to me through the prophets? How do I respond?
  2. Through the sacrements of baptism and confirmation, we are also annointed to be prophets. What evil do we see and criticize in our own world? What hope do we see and encourage people with? Are we ready to be misunderstood and rejected by our own folks, like Jesus?

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