Reflection for Gospel Aug 1 “Need of faith’

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.
They were astonished and said,
“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary
and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us?
Where did this man get all this?”
And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.”
And he did not work many mighty deeds there
because of their lack of faith. (Mat 13:54-58)

Those who were closest to Jesus had the least faith. Sometimes we can be so used to the things of faith that we don’t see our lack of faith. Matthew tells us, “He did not work mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.”

Pope Francis writes in ‘Joy of the Gospel’ “And so the biggest threat of all takes shape: ‘the gray pragmatism of the daily life of the Church, in which all appears to proceed normally, while in reality faith is wearing down and degenerating into small-mindedness.” At times we can run our parishes like a captain running a ship. Everything is ship shape, everything is running smoothly. All look great on the surface. Pope Francis is saying everything can look great on the surface, but are people growing in faith? Remember the Gospel, the people who thought they knew Jesus the best were not able to receive mighty deeds (miracles) because of their lack of faith.

The Holy Spirit is calling the Church, you and I, to go from maintenance to mission. Far to often we have a maintenance model rather than a mission model. One of the problems of the maintenance model is that in a generation or two we will have less to maintain because there will be fewer people in the Church.

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