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Candle Lighting Prayer

July 7, 2024

14th Sunday
Ordinary Time

FOCUS:   We are called to share our faith near and far.

 

In today’s Gospel we find Jesus proclaiming the Good News in his native place. Although his message was not well received by most, there were a few who came to believe. We, too, are called to share our faith near and far. Sometimes our efforts will bear little fruit, but at other times, by God’s grace, someone may come to faith and that possibility should encourage us to persevere in this endeavor.

What's in Your Heart

Prophets don’t have an easy job of it no matter where they’re trying to speak truth to power, but there’s no question that the homefront is their toughest audience, as Jesus found out when he returned to Nazareth.

  • Do you see yourself as a prophet? What other living people do you consider prophets? Is there anyone in your own backyard who has the ear of others outside your community?

  • What message of Christ do you find the hardest to sell and the hardest for you personally to accept?

  • Who or what serves as a thorn in your flesh, making your ministry and vocation difficult? Like Paul, can you see a benefit to your weakness?

Homily Stories

A friend of mine told me he wasn’t going to his high-school reunion. “Why not?” I asked. “Back then everybody thought I was a loser. I’ve put together a very happy and satisfying life where people respect me, and I don’t want to return to being the butt of their jokes.”

In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus returns to his hometown to proclaim the message that’s begun to be well received far and wide. But the hometown folks can’t get past their preconceived notions of Jesus. “Hey, we know all there is to know about this guy. Who does he think he is?” Because of their shortsightedness, they missed out on the Good News that Jesus embodies.

Sometimes families pull this same trick on one another. We lock one of our family members into a role he or she played long ago, and we lack the ability to welcome all that he or she might have become. This is not only a disservice to the person who is locked in, but to everyone, because then we miss out on the good news of the gifts they have to offer. There was more to Jesus than met the eye. There’s more to each of us than meets the eye. Look at those around you with fresh and expectant eyes. Be ready to be surprised. 

Tom McGrath

Virgin Mary and Jesus Statue
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First Reading

Reading 1. 14th Sunday Ord Time
00:00 / 00:55

Second Reading

Reading 2. 14th Sunday Ord Time
00:00 / 01:07

Gospel

Gospel
00:00 / 00:56

Quotes

  • We must often draw the comparison between time and eternity. This is the remedy of all our troubles. How small will the present moment appear when we enter that great ocean.
    —Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

  • My attitude is that if you push me toward something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
    —Michael Jordan

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