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Scripture Reflections - July 8
Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Ez 2:2-5
2 Cor 12:7-10
Mk 6:1-6a


Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

Our readings this Sunday are all about prophets—Ezekiel, Paul, and Jesus. It is God the Father who sends prophets on a mission---and it is God Himself who is aware that their message will often be rejected.    Prophets will suffer much frustration and even death from the very people with whom God has made a covenant.  

In Ezekiel’s day, the Israelites were truly “rebels” against trust in God’s laws.  Their kings were trying to make an alliance with Egypt, a pagan nation, rather than in God’s power to protect them.  As a result, God withdrew his favor and state of prosperity.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he combats false prophets who is telling them untruths.  Paul reminds them of all he has suffered to bring them sound teaching on the Gospel.  Paul is willing even to consider himself a fool rather than deny any part of sound doctrine.   He will endure beatings, stoning, shipwreck and even death for their sake.

In the Gospel, find Jesus in his own hometown, finds his message being treated with skepticism, and even ridicule by his own relatives and neighbors’   He exclaims, “No prophet is without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house”.   He was not able to perform any mighty deeds there…” 

May we never be guilty of turning a deaf ear to Christ’s Gospel as preached by our own Pope Francis, the prophetic voice of God in our Church.    And when we ourselves attempt to preach the truth of Jesus which may well go against society’s norms, be discouraged.  How else will Christ’s Church have a voice in an indifferent world?

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