Friday, 31 July 2015

Village people

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.145)
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 13:54-58
Is this not the son of the carpenter? Where did he get all his wisdom?
Coming to his home town, Jesus taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished and said, ‘Where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the carpenter’s son, surely? Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? His sisters, too, are they not all here with us? So where did the man get it all?’ And they would not accept him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country and in his own house,’ and he did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

The people of Jesus’ village were astonished because Jesus had lived a hidden, quiet life of prayer and work and was waiting until the time that his Father had chosen for him to begin his mission to proclaim the Kingdom. They were not open to a new challenge from Jesus whom they thought they knew.

Jesus is the personification of absolutely every divine quality. He is the personification in human form of God’s love, of God’s truth, of God’s beauty, of God’s power, of God’s peace and God’s Wisdom.

Jesus is Wisdom incarnate. Jesus is the Word incarnate. Jesus is the Son of God incarnate.

We are challenged to be continually open to Jesus and his message to us. We are challenged not to be closed and limit what Jesus may say to us based on our past experiences. 

Being open to Jesus is the beginning of a journey where there will be an integration of spirit and flesh and therefore true wisdom within our life.

Malcolm Davies
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

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