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JULY 30. Ord Time B. Wk 17. Fri. Mt 13. 54-58

Updated: Sep 10

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 response of the people from Jesus’ home town of Nazareth is surprising, given he had demonstrated his divinity and wisdom; - by both his teaching and miracles; - but they were unable to see this, because they just did not like him!


And why? Because he was the son of Joseph, a humble carpenter, and they all knew his mother Mary, a kind and generous person, but not one of the town’s leaders. People with such simple backgrounds should not possess wisdom, or be involved in teaching!


How their views and beliefs differed from those of Christ, who placed no value at all on how he was seen by others!


One of the features of Jesus’ life was his “ordinariness”; - something that flowed from his humility and simplicity; - and something he wanted to bear witness to for our sake; - given he is our divine teacher.


Sadly, the people from Christ’s own village were not open to being taught by anyone with a simple and humble background; - and this is made clear in the reading where we are told; - “and they would not accept him!”


It is interesting the Nazarenes believed “a carpenter’s son” should not possess wisdom. If only they had not been so judgemental; - they might have been able to perceive they were observing the wisest person to ever walk the earth!


Christ was bearing witness to an important truth he came to teach; - namely truly wise people are humble and; - as a result; - have no desire for their wisdom to be “seen” by others; - because they realise their abilities and wisdom are a gift from their creator!


The truly wise person is one whose first priority is his relationship with God; - rather than being concerned about how he is seen by those around him; - a truth Christ spent his life bearing witness to, by giving no value to how he was viewed by others.


His only concern was how he was seen by God the Father; - and what wisdom he displayed for us with this outlook on life. Sadly, so many of us do not heed this fundamental teaching, preferring instead to focus almost solely on how we are seen by others!


Just by choosing to live in the obscure village of Nazareth; - for ninety per cent of his life; - Christ was making a profound statement many fail to appreciate: -


Learn from me; -for I am meek and humble of heart; - and you will find rest for your soul!


Gospel Acclamation 1P1:25


Alleluia, alleluia!

The word of the Lord stands for ever;

it is the word given to you, the Good News.

Alleluia!


First reading Leviticus 23:1,4-11,15-16,27,34-37

The law of the festivals of the Lord


The Lord spoke to Moses. He said:


‘These are the Lord’s solemn festivals, the sacred assemblies to which you are to summon the sons of Israel on the appointed day.


‘The fourteenth day of the first month, between the two evenings, is the Passover of the Lord; and the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of Unleavened Bread for the Lord. For seven days you shall eat bread without leaven. On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you must do no heavy work. For seven days you shall offer a burnt offering to the Lord. The seventh day is to be a day of sacred assembly; you must do no work.’


The Lord spoke to Moses. He said:

‘Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them:


‘“When you enter the land that I give you, and gather in the harvest there, you must bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest, and he is to present it to the Lord with the gesture of offering, so that you may be acceptable. The priest shall make this offering on the day after the sabbath.


‘“From the day after the sabbath, the day on which you bring the sheaf of offering, you are to count seven full weeks. You are to count fifty days, to the day after the seventh sabbath, and then you are to offer the Lord a new oblation.


‘“The tenth day of the seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. You are to hold a sacred assembly. You must fast, and you must offer a burnt offering to the Lord.


‘“The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of Tabernacles for the Lord, lasting seven days. The first day is a day of sacred assembly; you must do no heavy work. For seven days you must offer a burnt offering to the Lord. On the eighth day you are to hold a sacred assembly, you must offer a burnt offering to the Lord. It is a day of solemn meeting; you must do no heavy work.


‘“These are the solemn festivals of the Lord to which you are to summon the children of Israel, sacred assemblies for the purpose of offering burnt offerings, holocausts, oblations, sacrifices and libations to the Lord, according to the ritual of each day.”’








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