Sunday, 5 July 2015

When Jesus can't work a miracle

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.137)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 6:1-6 
Leaving that district, he went to his home town, and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, 'Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him?  This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?' And they would not accept him.

 And Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is despised only in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house'; and he could work no miracle there, except that he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. He made a tour round the villages, teaching.

The spiritual world is invisible, and we can easily forget it exists. When we do, we forget the miracles Jesus has brought into our lives. We forget the conversion that led us into a life lived with faith.

When we have no faith, Jesus can work no miracles.

Faith is a gift. We don’t ordinarily return a gift to the giver. We may put it away until it comes in handy at a later time.

Or we might have a spring clean and come across it. We remember the joy we had when we received it. We put aside our work momentarily and allow ourselves to reminisce and re-experience the treasure of that moment.

If we have tucked our faith away for a 'rainy day', we need to take it out and use it.  Even if we are utilizing this gift in our own lives, there is always someone in our circle who is not. Faith is a gift to be shared. Prayer, witnessing, kindness and love are all means of sharing. 

If you don’t have that gift of faith, it's free. Sit quietly and ask God for it.

Susanne Timpani
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

Next Reflection: Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister Friday, 10th July 2015