HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR I.
BY: FR GERALD M. MUSA.
One common phenomenon in our society is placing labels on persons and people. We like to categorise, judge, and precict people’s behaviour based on their socio-cultural professional, or racial background. This is called labelling or profiling in the social sciences. We are often impatient to encounter people closely before we conclude them. At other times we take people for granted simply because we have become too familiar with them. There is a well-known maxim that says, familiarity breeds contempt. We take people and things for granted just because we have become
too familiar with them.
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The kinsmen and home people of Jesus took him for granted just because he is a carpenter and the son of Mary. They said, “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. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country, and among his kin, and in his own house.” And he could do no mighty work there..” (Mark 6:3- 5).Familiarity with Jesus hindered their faith, blinded their spiritual eye, and disrupted the flow of grace in their lives. They could not recognise his extraordinariness. They could not see a Messiah ina carpenter.
Do we also fall into the trap of taking our spiritual leaders, family members, and friends for granted simply because
we know them too well?
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