Reflection July 5, 2015

Text (Gospel Story)

Jesus went to his own part of the country followed by his disciples. When the Sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue in a way that kept his audience amazed. They said: “Where did he get all this? What kind of wisdom is he endowed with?  How is it that such miraculous deeds are accomplished by his hands? Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary, a brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon. Aren’t his sisters our neighbors here?” They found him too much for them. Jesus’ response to all this was: “No prophet is without honour except in his native place, among his own kindred, and in his own house.” He could work no miracle there, apart from curing a few who were sick by laying hands on them, so much did their lack of faith distress him. He made the rounds of the neighbouring villages instead, and spent his time teaching.

Sharing the Mission

The challenge of this gospel is to look beyond our own knowledge of others preconditioned by what we think we know about them and listen to them, allow them to teach us about God and how to be faith-filled disciples.  Most often God visits us in the ordinary circumstances of our own lives through ordinary people we meet who are faithful as Jesus was to   their own mission to make known the gospel.

Discussion

How can you better learn from the stories of the people you meet in your visits so they become a source of inspiration in your life?

Action

In your visits this week ask yourself: “Am I making an assessment of the circumstances before me or a judgment of the person’s circumstances?”

Prayer

(Together)  Jesus, give us the grace to find you in the ordinary circumstances of   life,

As we learn to trust in you.

Teach us to find all the ways that you surprise us by  joy,

As we learn to have faith in you.

Teach us to be grateful for being called to serve the  poor,

As we learn to love unselfishly with  you.

(Together)  Amen.