for Sunday, July 5, 2009
The Prophet Ezekiel in the first reading and the Gospel of Mark both speak
of being prophets and what that means practically in one's life. For
the Prophet Ezekiel, it meant that he had to speak to his own people,
knowing that they would not listen to him. But he knew that he had to
speak because God had spoken to him.
For Jesus in the Gospel, the challenge is that people who know him cannot
believe that someone they knew could have this kind of spiritual insight
and power. Because they perceive only the human in Jesus, they find it
impossible to accept the divine in him. This remains a problem throughout
These two readings challenge us today to perceive the presence of God in
one another, to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking in one another, to have
hearts that are open to one another. We do not expect to fine divinity in
one another the way in which divinity was present in our Lord Jesus,
nevertheless we know that God is truly present in every other human being
and so often we ignore that presence or even deny that present.
Saint Paul, in the second reading, has a very different problem. He is so
aware of the divine presence within himself that he must concentrate on his
own weaknesses in order to be present to others. He realizes that his
incredible spiritual gifts can lead him astray and so focuses on his
weaknesses and brokenness.
We can be so clearly aware of the teaching of our Lord Jesus in all of
today's readings. At a practical level these teachings invite us to
look for the divine in others and to be aware of the weakness and
brokenness in ourselves. When we learn to see the divine in others and the
brokenness in ourselves, we are ready to for with others the communion
which is the Church, which is the body of Christ.
Let us ask our Lord today to send His Holy Spirit on us so that we may
never fear speaking the truth, so that we may always delight in the
goodness and divinity of others and that we may plead with the Lord for the
healing of our own sinfulness and brokenness. May the Lord grant this to
us, His servants.
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