Sunday, July 4, 2021
The readings for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B are a call to listen to God and follow Him even when those around us do not. In the first reading (Ezekiel 2:2-5) the prophet is sent but knows that the people might not listen. The psalm (Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 3-4) reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on God. In the second reading (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) Paul speaks of his troubles, but trusts in Christ to use his weaknesses. And in the gospel (Mark 6:1-6) Jesus is rejected by the people in his home town.
These readings make us think of how we can persist as disciples in times of adversity and how to handle rejection. Here are some ideas: