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Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 2, 2019

Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time 

 

Lev 23:1,4-11,15-16, 27, 34b-37

Psalm 81:3-4, 5-6ab, 10-11ab

Gospel Mt 13:54-58

 

Gospel Reading

 

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

 

Taking Offense at Jesus

 

“They took offence at Jesus” (Mt 13:57)

 

Jesus was at his home town Nazareth. The people there took offense at Jesus and refused to believe in him as Son of God even though they had seen him raising the dead, healing the sick and multiplying the bread. Because they had seen him as a child when the parents of Jesus came and settled in Nazareth. They also knew him as a carpenter. They did not accept him as a Rabbi as he had no religious lineage but was the son of a carpenter.

 

Have we grown in our understanding of Jesus? We all had experience of Jesus from our childhood. Have our understanding of Jesus grown with time or not? People of Nazareth had no problem in accepting him as one among them but not as Son of God. Do we really believe him as Son of God, the only Savior, and the Redeemer of the World? Or do we after coming in contact with the manifold ‘gods’ and ‘goddesses’ think of Jesus as one among the ‘divine persons’, ‘great masters’, ‘greatest of mystics’, etc. Jesus gave us freedom from the slavery to sin and the bondage of death. The Paschal mysteries brought us pardon and healing. He promised us the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the power from high.

 

Whenever we fail to believe it, and do our ‘namesake’ prayers, we are in fact taking offense at Jesus.

 

Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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