July 5, 2009, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“No prophet is without honor except in his native place, among his own kindred, and his own house.” (Mark 6:4)
1. Ezekiel 2:2-5
2. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
3. Gospel of Mark 6:1-6
REFLECTION: It is not easy to recognize a prophet, nor is it easy to be one. And like the God-man who lay down his life for his message, sometimes we, too, must lay aside our perceptions of just whom we will allow to be our prophets.
PRAYER: God, our Father, sometimes we are so quick to reject others no matter what they might have to say to us. Free us from prejudice and hardness of heart, which causes us often to reject both messenger and message. Soften our hearts and make us kind and open. Amen.
Think today of advice that has been given to you. Do you consider it valuable or simply brush it off.
In the spirit of the 4th of July and the needs of our country, as a family respond to a local, state, or national issue, either by phone call, letter, or presence.
Pray as a family tonight the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary; pray for Our Country.
Discuss with the family who they think is speaking out prophetically regarding the welfare of Our Nation.
Discuss with another family member, why he or she thinks Jesus’ own people rejected him and his message. What do you think your reactions would have been to him?
In quiet read this Sunday’s Gospel and reflect upon it. (Mark 6:1-6)
Lord Jesus, you speak to us even today through your Word and through your presence among us. Help us to be attuned to your voice. Amen!
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