Posted by: frburke23 | July 7, 2018

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time (July 8, 2018)

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time (July 8, 2018)
 
MARK 6:1-6
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.
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Scripture Challenge – Joshua, chapters 19-21.
 
Are you a prophet? Most people would answer, “No.” However, if you are baptized, you are baptized priest, prophet and king. A prophet is someone who, compelled by God, speaks the truth to whomever he/she is sent. Each one of us is called to be a prophet in one way or another.
 
In the first reading (Ezekiel 2:2-5), God called the prophet Ezekiel, who said, “The spirit entered into me and set me on my feet…. Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites.” He was sent to his home country, who were rebellious. It would not be an easy task to preach the truth to the Israelites. God told Ezekiel, “And whether they heed or resist – for they are a rebellious house – they shall know that a prophet has been among them.” In other words, you are not on for their response; you are on to preach the truth. They should know that a man of God was among them, even if they resist.
 
Like Ezekiel, Jesus went to His “native place,” where everyone knew Him and His family. Of course, they did not want to listen to Him because they had known Jesus His whole life. “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place.”
 
One of the toughest places for me to be a prophet is with my own family. They knew me as a little and know all my faults. I try to bring my priests friends around my family because it is easier for them to evangelize my family. The same is true in most families. Children do not want to listen to their parents, but if another person that they trust says the same thing, the children tend to listen to the other person.
 
One of the problems I see in family life today is that parents try to be their children’s friend instead of their parent. Because parents are not grounded in their identity as beloved children of God, they try to befriend their kids. They are afraid to preach the truth to them as prophets, which is exactly what the children need. The same is true for us priests, who don’t know our identity as beloved sons. We compromise the truth so that people will like us, instead of preaching the truth.
 
No matter what our situation is in life, we should listen to these words God spoke to Israel, “And whether they heed or resist – for they are a rebellious house – they shall know that a prophet has been among them.” As Mother Theresa said, “We are not called to be successful. We are called to be faithful.” We will not be judged by the response of others; we will be judged on preaching the truth in love.
 
Do I know my identity as a beloved child of God?
Am I afraid to preach the truth of God to my family, friends and others?
 
Have a blessed Sunday!
Fr. Burke
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Responses

  1. Father Burke, I would wager your family and friends are far closer to God because of you. Be joyful.

  2. “Prayer for Priests” every day.. we thank God for your fiat! Stay strong in the Lord and joyful in the Blessed Mother…


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