FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF YEAR B
4th July 2021


Dear Parishioner,

Today's readings introduce Jesus as a prophet and explain how prophets and other messengers from God inevitably suffer rejection. The readings challenge us to face rejection and hardship with prophetic courage.

The first reading, taken from the book of the prophet Ezekiel, tells us about his call from God to be a prophet. Yahweh warns Ezekiel that he is being sent to obstinate and rebellious Israelites in exile in Babylon. Hence, as God's prophet, he will have to face rejection and persecution for giving God's message. This reading warns us that, as Christians who accept the Way of Jesus and seek to follow it, we also may face indifference, hostility, contempt, scorn, weakness, hardship, persecution, insults, and rejection.

In the second reading, St. Paul gives us the same warning from his own experience, that not only prophets, but apostles and missionaries will encounter hardships and rejection in their preaching mission. The apostle invites us to rise above our own weaknesses and disabilities, cooperating with the grace of God and proclaiming His message by word and example as Paul did.

Today's Gospel passage, shows us that many people of Jesus' hometown of Nazareth did not accept him as a prophet because they "knew" Jesus and the family. They also "knew" that this "son of the carpenter" could not be the promised Messiah who would come from Bethlehem as a descendant of David's royal family. Besides, they were angry when Jesus not only did not work any miracles in Nazareth but chided them with prophetic courage for their lack of Faith, then left them, to proclaim God's message, through a preaching, healing ministry to those who would receive it and believe.

SEND O LORD, HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH.

Fr. Sabu Pariyadan RCJ


Notices:

Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Sunday: Fr Patrick Curran
Monday: Fr Patrick Carthy
Tuesday: Canon Thomas Barrett
Thursday: Fr Peter Brady
Friday: Canon Francis Gilbert
Saturday: Fr Walter Walsh


NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - FIFTEENTH SUNDAY YEAR B

First Reading: Amos 7:12-15
Go, prophesy to my people.

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
Before the world was made, God chose us.

Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
He began to send them out.