29 July 2011
Today’s Readings: Lv. 23:1, 4-11 / Mt. 13 : 54-58
Those who hear Jesus’ teachings and the accounts of the miracles he has done are amazed. Jesus is so familiar a figure that it’s hard to believe that he could be other than ordinary. How could he be so different from them, from the image they have of him in their minds? They know him as the son of Joseph the Carpenter, his mother has been their neighbor for so many years, and so they took offense at him. They are unwilling to believe in Him.
In today’s Gospel Jesus shows us that he did not perform many miracles in his hometown. Their rejection of him highlights the growing conflict between how people see him and his true identity. In the end it will lead to conflict with the authorities who refuse to believe that he is the Son of God.
Jesus in here challenges us to accept and understand those whom we have known all our life-yet reject us.
We are called to accept a person’s advice outrightly and consider its merit for doing so.
Loving Father, teach us to be simple in our ways-observe your law, seek what is just, that we may be sheltered from all harm.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.