Gospel Reflection for 13th Sunday Ordinary Time Year B – July 5th 2015
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised- in his own country among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
It’s easy to think you know people. Then they can surprise you. we can find ourselves making opinions and judgements easily on people on colour, race etc. Or we know them for a long time and then something happens like a marriage or a death and we see another side to them. We think of them outside the box..
Who was Jesus?
We think the same even about Jesus – was Jesus a carpenter? No! he could work in wood, metal or stone! So immediately we are challenged by this gospel like they were. Here was the ordinary man, going every week to work in Sepphoris, now taking on the role of preacher and prophet. A few miles away there was work and he joined the group. Nothing divine about that, or maybe it’s one of the most divine things we can do. Work and family bring us close to the God who is working all the time and who is loving all the time.
How might you see God today – creation, love, silence, care. A new baby in the family – God’s creation of new life with us. A mother who is very ill but in weakness of her body is also finding peace in the prospect of heaven….that is God at work. God is around in the depth moments of life.
What does this gospel make of Jesus – the one who now feels he has a love to share. So he will go elsewhere. Please believe me, he says. He does make sense of our lives with us and for us. We do not know him fully, we don’t know all he said, but live by the echo of his words. May his word and love echo in all of our lives.
Donal Neary SJ