Daily Gospel – Sunday, July 7, 2024 – Matthew 9,14-17 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Ezekiel 2,2-5)

Reading of Ezekiel’s Prophecy.

In those days, after he spoke to me, a spirit entered me and lifted me to my feet. Then I listened to him speaking to me, who said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, a nation of rebels who have turned away from me. They and their fathers have rebelled against me to this day. I will send these hard-headed, stone-hearted children to you, and you will say to them: ‘Thus says the Lord God’. Whether they listen to you or not – for they are a band of rebels – they will know that there was a prophet among them. “.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Second Reading (2Cor 12,7-10)

Reading of the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

Brothers: So that the extraordinary greatness of the revelations would not make me proud, a thorn was stuck in my flesh, which is like an angel of Satan slapping me, so that I would not exalt myself too much. In this regard, I begged the Lord three times to take him away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you. For it is in weakness that strength is manifested.” Therefore I will gladly boast of my weaknesses, so that the strength of Christ may dwell in me. This is why I delight in weaknesses, injuries, needs, persecutions and anguish suffered for the love of Christ. Because when I feel weak, that’s when I’m strong.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Mark 6,1-6)

Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark.

— Glory to you, Lord.

At that time, Jesus went to Nazareth, his homeland, and his disciples accompanied him. When the Sabbath arrived, he began teaching in the synagogue. Many who heard him were amazed and said: “Where did he get all this from? How did he get so much wisdom? And these great miracles that are performed by his hands? Isn’t this man the carpenter, son of Mary and brother of James, of Joset , of Judas and Simon? Don’t your sisters live here with us?” And they were scandalized because of him. Jesus told them: “A prophet alone is not esteemed in his country, among his relatives and family.” And there he couldn’t perform any miracles. He only healed some sick people by laying hands on them. And he marveled at their lack of faith. Jesus went around the surrounding villages, teaching.

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,

May the peace of the Lord be with you. Today, gathered here in this house of God, we are called to reflect on the words inspired by the Holy Scriptures, which guide us on our path towards salvation.

When we listen to the First Reading, from the book of the prophet Ezekiel, we are confronted with the powerful voice of God, who summons His servant to proclaim his message. Ezekiel is sent to a “rebellious” people who refuse to listen, but still he must speak, for “they will know that there was a prophet among them.” This passage reminds us that, as disciples of Christ, we are also called to proclaim the Good News, even when we face rejection and unbelief from the world.

In the Second Reading, St. Paul reveals his own struggle with a “pimple in the flesh,” an ordeal that leaves him begging God for relief. But the divine response is surprising: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Here, we learn that our weaknesses and struggles are not signs of failure, but opportunities for God’s strength to be manifested in us. When we accept our limitations and trust in God’s grace, He can perform His wonders in our lives.

The Gospel of Mark presents us with Jesus’ visit to his hometown, Nazareth. There, He is rejected by His own countrymen, who are scandalized by His wisdom and His miracles. This passage reminds us that, like Jesus, we can also face the unbelief and lack of faith of those closest to us. But we must persevere, for the Word of God is powerful and cannot be contained.

My friends, these readings tell us of a God who calls us, even when we feel weak, rejected, or misunderstood. They challenge us to be courageous in our faith, to trust in God’s grace and to proclaim his message, even in the face of adversity.

Often, we Christians feel like Ezekiel, sent to a “rebellious” people who refuse to listen. How often do we find ourselves frustrated as we try to share our faith with family, friends, or colleagues who seem indifferent or even hostile to the teachings of Jesus? It’s easy to feel defeated, as if our mission is in vain.

But, like Ezekiel, we must persist, because we know that the Lord is with us. Like St. Paul, we may struggle with our own weaknesses and temptations, but we must trust that God’s grace is sufficient for us. And just like Jesus in Nazareth, we can also experience rejection from those closest to us. But we must keep our faith alive, because the Word of God cannot be contained.

My brothers and sisters, let us not let the difficulties and challenges of the Christian life discourage us. On the contrary, may they strengthen us and motivate us to proclaim the Gospel message even louder. For, as the First Reading teaches us, “they will know that there was a prophet among them”. May we be these prophets, faithful messengers of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

When we face rejection and unbelief from those close to us, let us remember the words of Saint Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Let us not be discouraged by our fragility, but let us trust in the strength of God, who can perform wonders through us.

And when the task of evangelizing seems arduous and fruitless, let us remember Jesus’ perseverance in Nazareth. He was not deterred by the lack of faith of His countrymen, but continued His mission, because His Word cannot be contained. May we, too, keep this same determination alive, tirelessly proclaiming the Good News to a world that often refuses to listen.

My dear ones, let us be courageous prophets, instruments of God’s grace and faithful witnesses of His infinite mercy. May our weakness not prevent us from announcing the wonders of the Lord, for He is the source of our strength. And that, even in the face of rejection and unbelief, we persevere in our mission, confident that the Word of God cannot be stopped.

May the Holy Spirit enlighten and guide us, so that, like Ezekiel, Saint Paul and Jesus himself, we are able to bring the message of salvation to everyone. May our life be a living testimony of God’s love, so that, through us, He can reach the hearts of all who do not yet know Him.

May the peace of Christ always be with you. Amen.