Sunday 7 July 2024

About Today Readings

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Ezekiel 2:2-5. Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy – Psalm 122(123). 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. Mark 6:1-6.

Look beyond the mundane

You don’t hear about tall poppy syndrome so much anymore. For some, there’s always been an appeal in pulling someone down, especially when they’ve acquired a certain notoriety in the time you’ve known them. For context, Jesus had just been travelling and has just resurrected a dead man and cast demons out of a girl. Nazareth was a tiny town, population somewhere between 500 and 2000. Everyone knew everyone. The people of Nazareth knew Jesus as a local carpenter, son of a local woman named Mary, a man with brothers and sisters whom everyone saw at the market every day. Local knowledge of Jesus’ life led them to a casual dismissal, preventing them from truly knowing him. Everything they thought they knew hindered what they could learn. Jesus marvels at their unbelief, not because it was unexpected but because it represented a refusal to see beyond the mundane into the divine.

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