Good News B37
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, 'I have come down from heaven'?"
The Jews from Jesus’ hometown have a lot of trouble
believing that he came down from heaven. They found it hard to grasp that Jesus
was God, the Son. Imagine that you grew up next door to Jesus here in
When he comes back home to
Would you believe his words? Would you believe that he was the Son of God? This same man grew up next door to you. This same man helped rebuild your house when a tree smashed it during a storm.
Many people believed that Jesus truly was the Son of God because of how he was able to heal so many people. Many doubted. Many did not like to hear that they should repent for their sins and forgive others.
Do you really know your neighbors? Would you believe that they are in God’s family? Would you believe that they came from God? God is in each one of us. If you do not see God-like qualities in your neighbor, take a deeper look. Get out your Goodness Magnifying Glass and look again. God made everyone to look like him and be like him, so there is God’s Goodness in each of us. If you are feeling bad because you did something you are ashamed of, get out the Goodness Magnifying Glass and look in the mirror. See that smile….there’s God’s Goodness. Forgive yourself and forgive others, because Jesus died on the cross so that you may live eternally. If something bad has happened to you, get out the Goodness Magnifying Glass and look at all the good things that have happened in your life, too.
Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you see his goodness in everyone you meet, especially your neighbors and 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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