July 8 – Sunday
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 – Ez 2: 2-5
Responsorial Psalm Ps i23
Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy
Reading 2 – 2 COR 12:7-10
Gospel: MK 6:1-6
Jesus marveled because of their unbelief
Are you critical towards others, especially those who may be close to you? The most severe critics are often people very familiar to us, a member of our family, a relative, or neighbor or co-worker we rub shoulders with on a regular basis. Jesus faced a severe testing when he returned to his home town, not simply as the carpenter’s son, but now as a rabbi with disciples.
The word “gospel” literally means “good news”. Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would come in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring freedom to the afflicted who suffered from physical, mental, or spiritual.
God’s power alone can save us from hopelessness, dejection, and emptiness of life. The Gospel of salvation is “good news” for everyone who will receive it.
Lord Jesus, you are the fulfillment of all our hopes and desires. Your Spirit brings grace, truth, freedom, and abundant life. Set our heart on fire with your love and truth. Amen