For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading is one of my favorites because it is a gentle reminder of how hard and critical I can be toward those closest to me. Jesus ran into this problem and knew that those closest to Him would take the most convincing. Jesus knew He would get more honor, press and respect from those outside of His own town and family. Those who did not personally know Him would be apt or anxious to hear what He had to say than with those who knew His family, after all, to them He was just a carpenter. Those who were closest and more familiar with Him felt contempt because He was one of them, so how could He act or claim to be of higher knowledge? Who did He think He was? They figured He forgot His roots but there He was back in His home town preaching in synagogue and what He received in return was familiar contempt. I have done this to others and I have had it done it to me.
Thank You for this awareness Father, that familiar contempt breeds a closed and angry mind. Familiar contempt can show up in so many different ways, not only toward those closest to me, but toward a project that I am working on. Sometimes I can be so familiar with a project that I end up disliking something I used to Love and enjoy. This can also happen in a Love relationship as well. Familiar contempt can show up anywhere in my Life, as it closes my mind and puts all of the want, need, desire and attention on me. Thank You Father, thank You for such an enLightening awareness today.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
1 He went away from there and came to His own country; and His disciples followed Him.
2 And on the sabbath He began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard Him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to Him? What mighty works are wrought by His hands!
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not His sisters here with us?" And they took offense at Him.
4 And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."
5 And He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands upon a few sick people and healed them.
6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went about among the villages teaching.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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