Contempt for the Familiar


High school yearbooks throughout the land have predictions of those “Most likely to succeed.” Reunions years later often belie these predictions.

Jesus’ classmates in Nazareth missed it too when it came to Jesus’ future. Their familiarity with him bred a kind of contempt—at least blindness to what he could become. In a Gospel filled with wonders, miracles and amazement on the part of the people about Jesus, it was in Nazareth that Jesus was amazed at the lack of faith of the people. Hardly any healings took place there.

Accompany the Twelve on their first missionary journey. Grieve with them and with Jesus over the beheading of John the Baptist.

Mark 6:1-29

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Pow’r over unclean spirits v. 7
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Fridays from now until Advent are dedicated to the Gospel of Mark.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

Beginning Sunday, July 8th, the Firestarters from the new edition of
The Bible Through the Seasons for families will be posted daily.