Cycle B

Good News B32

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Mark 6:1-6 New American Bible

Matthew 6:1-6 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

Hometown Faith
"A prophet is not without honor except in his native place

and among his own kin and in his own house."

 

When Jesus returned to his hometown and spoke in the synagogue, he thought the people who lived there would be proud of him.  He had healed many people and taught many words of wisdom in all towns within 50 miles around.  In these other towns, Jesus had been received with much praise.  The people lined up to be healed.  They had faith in him.  They knew he had the power to heal them.  They wanted him to heal them.

But, when Jesus came to his hometown, they did not believe that he could heal.  They did not believe that he could speak words of wisdom.  They thought he was only capable of doing carpentry, like his father. 

Even in your own family and your hometown, people may say that you can only do the same thing as your family has done before.  It is through the grace of God that you are able to rise above these expectations.  It is through your faith in God that you are able to do new things that no one in your family has been able to do before.  Say to yourself:  “With God’s help, I will achieve great things for him.   And if no one in your family or hometown believes in you, realize that God believes in you.  His belief in your capabilities has no limits. 
          If you want to be a doctor, say, “With God’s help, I will be a great doctor.”  If you want to be a teacher say, “With the help of God the Father, Jesus Christ, His Son, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I will become a great teacher.  If you want to be an artist say, “With the guidance of our heavenly Father, I will acquire the skills and knowledge to be a talented artist.  When you have faith in God, it helps you to have faith in yourself.  When you have faith in yourself and faith in God, you can accomplish all that God wants you to do in your life.

          Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you increase your faith in him and your faith in yourself.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

 

 

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