Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (02nd August, 2019) on the Gospel
Lev 23:1.4-11.15-16.27.34-37;
Ps 80:3-6.10-11. (R. v. 2);
Matt 13:54-58.

Topic: What is the difference?
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.”
What the people thought they knew about Jesus neither made His power original nor fake. We must be careful lest we suffer the same or even worse fate. We must be careful how we condemn other people and things lest we destroy what we cannot build. Again, do not be discouraged because you are not appreciated but always focus on God lest you slip away.
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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