Posted by: livingscripture | February 3, 2010

Fourth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Where did this man get all this?  What kind of wisdom has been given him?  What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!  Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?  Are not his sisters here with us?  And they took offense at him.

                                               Mark 6: 2-3

 How should we live this Word

 This is an important passage because it shows us that faith is not something to take for granted or to be mixed with the banality of our own acquired habits.  Here in the city of Nazareth, Jesus personally experiences the rejection and refusal of the people because they cannot escape their earthly logic.  Substantially, they turn their back on Him and they war against the true good!

 The Nazarenes are firm in the image they have held of Jesus for years.  They know His mother and all His relatives.  They know He works in Joseph’s carpenter shop.  What has been must continue in the same way, within the same schemes.  They can’t even dream of opening themselves to the newness of One who reveals God’s mystery.  Rather, they take offense at Him.  He is sadly stupefied by their incredulity.  He is blocked and cannot accomplish any works of salvation among them!

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will contemplate Jesus’ face resplendent with God’s power and tenderness for human beings.  I will seriously ask myself if in the context of the weak faith of these times, in the fog of coercive materialism, is my life open to the continual newness of God who works according to the measure of my belief, my prayer, and my trust.  Or do I take refuge in a banal faith, suffocated by myopic reasoning and without true trust in hope beyond hope?

 You are the Christ, Lord Jesus!  I believe in You and I follow You with my whole heart!

 The voice of an Armenian Prayer

 From You, Lord and Father, come all will and power and life to act.  In You, song renders all things beautiful and is renewed from age to age.  The power of this truth in which I believe can be the soil from which all my actions blossom.

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