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Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (1st February, 2017) on the Gospel

Heb 12:4-7.11-15;
Ps 102:1-2.13-14.17-18. (R. cf. v.17);
Mk 6:1-6.
Topic: Do not be deterred.
In today’s gospel, Jesus came to His hometown with His disciples and taught in their synagogue on the sabbath. His teaching left strong impression on many who heard Him. Yet they took offence at Him because they knew His background too well, cf. Mk 6:2-3. Jesus was amazed at their unbelief and did not do much deed of power there.
You may have suffered rejection or other forms of ill-treatment just because of your background, look unto God. Human’s rejection cannot strip you of the things God has blessed you with, cf. 2Cor 3:5. Go ahead and thank God who has blessed you so much, cf. Job 7:17. God will continue to be gracious to you and to bless you and to make His face shine upon you, cf. Ps 67:1. God’s judgement is final, cf. Job 12:14.
Finally, remember that whoever rejects his brother or sister denies him/herself lots of good things God has commissioned that brother or sister to convey. Be wise and open your arms to your brothers and sisters. No one has it all.
Bible Reading: Ps 67:1-7.
Thought for today: Do not be deterred.
Let us pray: May God help us discover more and more of His blessings in our lives even as people reject us – Amen.

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