Friday 31st July Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest
Gospel – Matthew 13:54-58
A prophet is only despised in his own country
Coming to his home town, Jesus taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished and said, ‘Where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?
This is the carpenter’s son, surely? Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? His sisters, too, are they not all here with us? So where did the man get it all?’ And they would not accept him.
But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country and in his own house’, and he did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
The Gospel of the Lord
The Mass intention is for John Heraghty RIP
The Gospel today tells us of Jesus’ visit to Nazareth, His native community. Passing through Nazareth was painful for Jesus. What was His community at the beginning, now is no longer so. Something has changed. Where there is no faith, Jesus can work no miracles. Its sad to say the people had very little or no faith and so the Word of God could not take root in them.
• If we are not open to the Word of God then it will not work in us either?
• Are you open to the Word of God?
• Do you read the word of God daily?