August 3 – Friday

Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 – Jer 26: 1-9

Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 69

Lord, in your great love, answer me

Gospel – Mt. 13: 54-58

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue

Reflection:

The people of Nazareth took offense at him and refused to listen to what he had to say. They despised his preaching because he was a carpenter from the working class, and a mere layman untrained by religious scholars. They also despised him because of his family background. After all, Joseph was a tradesman as well and Mary had no special social distinctions.We ask Jesus for the grace to realize that every time we meet him in prayer we are also meeting God.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, your love conquers every fear and breaks the power of hatred and prejudice. Allow our hearts to feel your presence in our personal prayers. Amen