Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.181)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 6:1-6

And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

A prophet is one who stands for the poor and marginalized and anyone who has no one to speak for them. Each one of us is called to be a prophet in word and action in our society.

We are each challenged to move from apathy to speak for those who are silenced in our society. That may include refugees and asylum seekers who are often vilified and lied about (including how much government support they receive). It may include the unborn terminated before they see life and the aged where there is increasing pressure for euthanasia.

One act I have undertaken is to go to Parliament house and to pray alone for the lawmakers that they would have a conversion of heart. I have also marched with others to demonstrate my concern. Other people I know write regularly to their MPs and Senators.

The next time you have an opportunity to make a difference do not ignore that impulse to pray, write, march or act in some way because that is a movement of grace in your life.

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.

Malcolm Davies