August 2, Friday Weekday
Sing with joy to God our help. — Psalm 81:2
Mass Readings: Leviticus 23:1,4-11,15-16, 27,34b-37/ Matthew 13:54-58
Some years ago, our local team made it all the way to the semi-finals in the annual Little League Championships before losing. Our town gave them a parade when they came home. They were our hometown heroes.
One might expect that Jesus would receive such a welcome in Nazareth. Were there newspapers then, a headline might have read “Local Boy Makes Good.” But no, in Jesus’ case familiarity bred contempt. Our Lord lived in a society that expected one’s origins to determine who a person was and what his capacities would be. Being skilled at carpentry was what the crowd assumed about Jesus. His neighbors didn’t expect the son of the humble Mary to use “wisdom and mighty deeds” to announce the Kingdom of God.
Prayer: Lord, help me to avoid making “snap judgments” about people.
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