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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Fourteenth Sunday of the Ordinary Time B Download This Homily

July 8, 2018

Fourteenth Sunday of the Ordinary Time B


 Ezekiel 2: 2-5,

2 Cor 12: 7-10,

Gospel MK 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.

 

A prophet is despised in his own country

 

Fr Mark Link SJ tells the story of an African priest. In 1960 when the religious persecution broke out in Sudan a Christian black student named Taban fled to Uganda. While in Uganda he studied for priesthood and was ordained. When things settled down, young Fr Taban returned to his homeland and was assigned to a parish.


But his African congregation found it hard to believe that he was really a priest. Fr. Taban says; “The people looked hard at me and asked, “Do you mean to say, black man, that you are a priest? We can’t believe it.” These people never had a lack priest. They always had foreign white priests.  Fr Taban was from their tribe and was poor like them. To make matters worse, Fr Taban had to introduce them to the changes of the Second Vatican.


These changes bothered the people greatly. They said to one another: “This young black man turns our altar around and celebrates Mass in our language. He is from our tribe and he speaks our language. How can he be a priest?”


In today’s Gospel passage we see Jesus facing a similar situation. The prophets earlier had faced the same situation. That’s why Jesus said to them, “A prophet is despised only in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house.”


We all have heard the saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt” This means – The more you know something or someone, the more you start to find faults and dislikes things about it or them.


When Jesus was coming to his hometown the people were eager to see him. They had heard a lot about him, about the miracles he worked, about the stories he told and how with authority he taught.


On that Sabbath day almost all people of the township would have gathered there expecting him to be present there. And as they expected or hoped or feared he was there and he began to speak.


They were astonished when they heard him. But before he could finish, they started to say among themselves, “Where did he get all this knowledge and power? Wasn’t he a carpenter? Wasn’t he the son of Mary? We know all about him.” They would not accept him or it was difficult for them to accept him. How could an ordinary man like themselves be like that?


This could easily happen to us too. We also develop familiarity to the Word of God. And we allow that familiarity to breed contempt. To the Gospel message our responses comes this way: ‘I have heard that many times before.’ I know these passages by heart.’ ‘This no longer impresses me.’ If so, then we will cut ourselves from its powerful message.


The sacraments we receive have become very familiar. Very often we receive the body and blood of Jesus. These have become part of our daily schedule. We take them for granted and we lose the importance and significance of these sacraments and celebrations.


When the people of Nazareth allowed their familiarity with Jesus to breed contempt, they deprived themselves of a great opportunity and Jesus chose to take his message and blessings elsewhere. The writer of the Gospel comments after this incident, “He could work no miracles there.”


This would be our tragedy too. That’s why the miracles are not happening in our lives. We deprive ourselves from the blessings.


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