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Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (03rd August, 2018) on the Gospel
 
Jer 26:1-9;
Ps 68:5.8-10.14. (R. v.14);
Matt 13:54-58.
Topic: What is the problem?
Today’s gospel records Jesus’ visit to His hometown. He taught in their synagogue. Although they were astounded, but they had a problem,
Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?
Wait a minute. Assuming all these were true, did any prevent Jesus’ townsmen from accepting Him? However, they did not really know Him, cf. Jn 8:14. They only deprived themselves and others of the miracles Jesus would have performed among them. Hence, the concluding verse reads, “And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.”
Dear brothers and sisters, we must be careful lest we suffer the same or even worse fate.
Bible Reading: Lk 9:1-9.
Thought for today: Never reject before confirming it to be a curse.
Let us pray: Lord, help us see your blessings packaged in others – Amen.
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