Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

February 3, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Memorial Feast:  Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (b. Armenia-+316AD) Patron Saint of Diseases of the Throat

Letter to the Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15

Psalm 103: 1-2, 13-14, 17-18

Mark 6:1-6


            Today’s Gospel narrative s summons a feeling in me that perhaps we’ve all experienced.  Saint Mark presents Jesus returning to His hometown, Nazareth.  Because the people have defined Jesus from some pre-conceived notion of Him, He is powerless to teach or to touch them for healing.  The people have closed their hearts and minds to Him.  Mark quotes some of their responses to Him; “How can He help us?”  Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?  Where did He get all of this wisdom?”  Their arrogant, angry, jealous outbursts have muted the messenger.  I am quite certain that, being human, Jesus’ feeling were hurt.  He probably felt embarrassed for His mother and for His family.  What then was His response?  He healed a few of the sick people and then continued with His mission by preaching in other villages.  He did not give up!

            I believe that we must ask ourselves one question, “Where is our Nazareth?”  Where or with whom is it most difficult to freely use our God-given gifts to bring hope and healing to others?  It is not always easy, but we have the example of Jesus throughout the Gospels.  Additionally, we have the promise of the Holy Spirit to make our ministry as a disciple of Christ to make it all possible. 

            Friends, let us rise up with the Lord today in resurrecting His people to new life.  In so doing, we will create more peace and hope in our own hearts and also bring those same gifts with His healing touch to our homes, our places of work and to our Nazareth’s.

Question of the Day:  How will you align yourself with Jesus’ determination to bring the Good News of the Gospel to others? 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, fill me with Your Spirit.  Grant that I may be Your obedient instrument at every moment of my life.  Amen.


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