Word for the Weekend of July 5

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No hometown welcome for Jesus!

It's time to take a look at the scriptures for this weekend's 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

This Sunday's gospel (Mark 6:1-6) includes a verse well known by believers and non-believers alike: Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household." 

As is usually the case, the first lesson (Ezekiel 2:2-5) thematically connects with the day's gospel. Here the Lord missions Ezekiel to preach to a people "hard of face and obstinate of heart - a rebellious house."

The second lesson (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) also offers a familiar text. Here St. Paul speaks of the "thorn in the flesh" that keeps him humble and dependent on the mercy of Christ. (Anybody else got one of those?)

These texts and background material on them can be found here.

Bringing children to Mass this weekend?  Help for preparing youngsters to hear the Word can be found here.

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