Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Is he not the carpenter?” Yes, we know this guy. We know what he can and can’t do. We know what he is capable of and it is not the wonderful things that we hear he is doing. It must be “fake news!”
Seems that even in Jesus’ day there were people who calmed “fake news.” We hear in the Gospel today (Mark 6: 1-6a), about Jesus’ home town that doesn’t seem to believe in what they hear about Jesus. They think it is fake news. They do not have faith in Jesus which perhaps gives us a little food for thought.
The people in Nazareth, seem to be so closed minded, so sure they know Jesus that they have little faith. Their faith is so weak that the wonderful things Jesus does everywhere else could not happen in their town. They have put Jesus into a box and they are not open to the unpredictable answers, the unexplainable surprises and the unrelenting love that Jesus brings!
Our Gospel reminds us that faith is profoundly important but is not easy, that it takes work. We cannot always depend on what we know. History is helpful but at times it can get in the way. We need to be open to the possibilities of something new. We need to keep working at letting go and letting God, in other word, in having faith. We need to not give up hope because we never know when or where the grace of God will be in our midst and we do not want to miss it!
So today let us live out our faith, let us not fear, because God's kindness is everlasting and God's grace in always right around the corner!
Have a great Sunday and don’t forget to give God a little time today. May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in your heart!
Father Paul Fagan, C.P.