Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (b. Armenia-+316AD) Patron Saint of Diseases of the Throat
Letter to the Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15, Psalm 103: 1-2, 13-14, 17-18, & Mark 6:1-6
Today's Gospel narrative summons a feeling in me that perhaps we've all experienced. Saint Mark presents Jesus returning to His hometown of Nazareth. Because the Nazarenes have defined Jesus through the lens of their preconceived notions, He is powerless to teach or touch them for healing. They have closed their hearts and minds to Him. Mark quotes some of their responses to Him; "How can He help us?" Isn't this the carpenter's son? Where did He get all of this wisdom?" Their arrogant, angry, jealous outbursts have muted the messenger. I am quite certain that Jesus, being human, had His feelings hurt. He probably felt embarrassed for His mother and His family. What then was His response? He healed a few sick people and then continued with His mission by preaching in other villages. He did not give up!
We must ask ourselves one question, "Where is our Nazareth?" Where or with whom is it most difficult for us to freely use our God-given gifts to bring hope and healing to others? It is not always easy, but we have the example of Jesus throughout the Gospels. Additionally, we have the promise of the Holy Spirit to make our ministry, as a disciple of Christ, possible.
Friends, let us rise with the Lord today in resurrecting His people to new life. In so doing, we will create more peace and hope in our own hearts and bring those same gifts with His healing touch to our homes, workplaces, and establish 'our Nazareth.'
Question of the Day: How will you align yourself with Jesus' determination to bring the Good News of the Gospel to others?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, fill me with Your Spirit. Grant that I may be Your obedient instrument at every moment of my life. Amen.