SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 8, 2018 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 4, 2018


Mark 6:1–6

“He was amazed at their lack of faith.” -Mark 6:6

Who wouldn’t cooperate with a miracle if it came their way? Many of us, in fact. Me, for one. Three decades ago, I had chronic pain in my wrist from an early shattering of the bone. Someone asked if I wanted to be healed, offering to pray over the injury. The question made me afraid, and I said no. For days, I reflected on that reply. Why didn’t I say yes, I want to be healed?

The truth is, I did want healing. But I didn’t want it to come “that way.” The problem was that faith healing didn’t figure into my rational universe. Such an event would change the way I imagined the world and religion are supposed to work. I didn’t want to disturb my pre-determined beliefs. I preferred to live with the pain and the world as it was. Happily for me, I got a second chance to answer that question: “Do you want to be healed?” This time I said yes, and I was. God is bigger than our imagination.

Do you believe in biblical miracles?
Do you believe miraculous events are possible today?


Lord, you give us the gift of time that unfolds with its many lessons to learn and opportunities for love and compassion. Still, we seek the familiar way of self-will and waste our hours in pursuits of no lasting value. Open our eyes to the purpose of each hour so that we may serve your will in all things. Amen.

While The Gospel at Home takes a break in the summer months, we’ll be drawing our weekly reflections from Exploring the Sunday Readings.


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