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HARVEST OF JOY AND GOD’S LOVE(Mk 6:1-6; Douay-Rheims Bible)

“AND going out from thence, Jesus went into His own country; and His disciples followed Him. And when the sabbath was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were in admiration at His doctrine, saying: How came this man by all these things? and what wisdom is this that is given to Him, and such mighty works as are wrought by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joseph, and Jude, and Simon? are not also His sisters here with us? And they were scandalized in regard of Him. And Jesus said to them: A prophet is not without honor, but in his own

country, and in his own house, and among his own kindred. And He could not do any miracles there, only that He cured a few that were sick, laying His hands upon them. And He wondered because of their unbelief, and He went through the villages round about teaching.”

‭‭ My dearest beloved brethren, “A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and in his own house, and among his own kindred”, Jesus tells His countrypeople. (Mk‬ ‭6‬:‭4‬). They knew Jesus very well that they couldn’t come to terms that a man they knew his family so well, was performing miracles and doing so many good deeds and was that famous. Envy, jealousy, and hatred overtook them to the point that they didn’t want Jesus around.

The attitude of the people made Jesus unable to perform more miracles in His own country. At last, not Jesus, but His county people were the losers.

I pray for us not to reject the work of God in our lives and may we also not prevent the Spirit of God from taking over our lives, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

You recognize that everyone is not created the same and we all have different gifts from God. You give God the glory for others’ blessings and successes, dear humble children of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Instead of seeing Jesus as God the Son who has power over everything and over everyone, all His countrymen and women could say about Him was that He was a common Carpenter whose brothers and sisters they all knew well. Jesus was not welcome in His own country.

Human beings are like that. They like to group or Categorize others. Most of the time this type of grouping is due to familiarity, jealousy, hatred, envy, and so on. Many a time we hear things like: tallest or shortest; white or black; intelligent or unintelligent, well-behaved or stubborn, beautiful or ugly, and so many of the likes.

There was a case of a 2nd-grade school boy who was awarded all 15 academic awards that his school had for his class. At the end of the award ceremony, one of the parents approached this 2nd grader’s dad and told him to tell his son who received all 15 awards that it wouldn’t continue like that and that it will get tougher for him as he progressed. Note that this parent did not even congratulate the little boy, neither did he congratulate the boy’s dad for work well done. Well, one was white and the other black, and the 2nd grader’s dad didn’t talk because he felt that racism played a part in what the other parent said to him. But the white man could have asked what the other man did differently that made his son perform so well. Who knows, he may have gotten some good tips but instead he lost out.

I pray that we don’t allow Jealousy and envy and hatred to rob us of the blessings God prepared for us especially through our fellow human beings, both today and every day of our lives, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.

Be courageous and fearless in the Lord; for God is with you. You’re blessed; remain blessed!!!

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