14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
‘Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy’
O God, who in the abasement of your Son
have raised up a fallen world,
fill your faithful with holy joy,
for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin
you bestow eternal gladness.
Today’s readings provide us with valuable lessons in discipleship and humble faith. The calling of Ezekiel and Paul brings them into challenging situations. But they draw strength and endurance from their relationship with God, as does Jesus himself from the Father.
Ezekiel lived through turbulent times. Despite the opposition he experienced as God’s messenger, he was not deterred from sharing God’s message with the rebellious Israelites. (First Reading)
As well as facing opposition and challenges from community members, Paul is also experiencing unwelcome personal suffering. However, through his ‘thorn in the flesh’, the Lord has helped him grow in understanding. He is not to depend on himself, but rather on Christ’s power. Divine grace works best through vulnerability and humility. (Second Reading)
Jesus, too, has to cope with opposition and rejection. The people of Nazareth struggle to believe in him because they earlier knew him as one of their local community. They are convinced that he could not be anyone special. This amazes and hurts Jesus. (Gospel)
Today’s Psalm is a prayer to God for mercy in times of trouble. This hymn of lamentation is made in a spirit of trust in God’s compassion.
This week, I may want to pray for divine comfort and solace, as we as a society face life’s desolations and trials. I also pray for my sisters and brothers across the world who are living through times of great loss and fear.
Within your temple, we ponder your loving kindness, O God. Entrance Antiphon
I shall be very happy to make my weakness my special boast, so that the power of Christ may stay over me. Second Reading
The Lord has sent me to bring the good news to he poor, to proclaim liberty to captives. Gospel Acclamation
This week’s texts if you want to explore further:
Ezekiel 2: 2–5; Psalm 122 (123); 2 Corinthians 12: 7–10; Mark 6: 1–6
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