Gospel Reading and Thoughts for July 5, 2015

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Gospel – Mark 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

 

Christ was surprised by the lack of faith that he saw.  Even after all the miracles, people still doubted.  They didn’t believe what he could do.  Yet, they didn’t want him around because they were afraid of his power.

Sometimes, we don’t want God around either.  Maybe, we think that we don’t need God or that God doesn’t know what is best for us.  Or at the very least, what we want doesn’t necessarily match God’s will for our lives.  Maybe our faith in his plan is lacking just like those Jesus met.

But God is ready to do amazing things in our lives.  God has greater and more wonderful plans for our lives than we could ever imagine for ourselves.  So we need to put our own lack of faith aside and draw closer to Christ.  We need to come nearer to him so that maybe just by touching his cloak our faith may be healed.

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