14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8 July 2018

GOSPEL: Mark 6:1-6

Jesus Synagogue 264x300Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised- in his own country among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

The Gospel of the Lord.


Donal Neary SJ
Gospel Reflections

In the Ordinary

It’s easy to think you know people. Then they can surprise you.  We can find ourselves making opinions and judgements easily on people on colour, race or age.  Or we know them for a long time and then something happens like a marriage or a death and we see another side to them.

We think the same even about Jesus – was Jesus a carpenter?  No!  He could work in wood, metal or stone!  So immediately we are challenged by this gospel like they were.  Here was the ordinary man, going every week to work in Sepphoris, a few km from his home, now taking on the role of preacher and prophet. Nothing divine about that – or maybe it’s one of the most divine things we can do!  Work and family bring us close to God who is working all the time and who is loving all the time.

How might you see God today – creation, love, silence, care?  A new baby in the family – God’s creation of new life with us, or someone who is very ill but in weakness of the body is also finding peace in the prospect of heaven….that is God at work. God is around in the depth moments of life.

What does this gospel make of Jesus?  He makes sense of our lives with us and for us, teaching and healing with compassion and love.  We do not know him fully, we don’t know all he said, but live by the echo of his words.

Think over yesterday – what gave you a lift in the heart,
a sense of peace, the presence of God.
Lord, I thank you for the wonder of us all!

Gospel and Gosple Reflection are taken from  Mass Readings and Sunday Homily - Catholicireland.net. 

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