Reflection/Homily: Fourteenth (14th) Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B (July 5 2015)
Theme: Becoming Over Familiar with Jesus
A priest-friend once shared with me an experience he had on a visit to his priest-friend’s native home. According to him, when he was about to leave, the mother of his priest-friend approached him requesting him to bless some water for her. He asked the woman why she didn’t ask her priest-son who had been at home for a week to bless the water and she quickly retorted, “Fr leave that one”. This kind of story makes one begin to wonder if she was over familiar with the priesthood of her son, or considered her son to be an unholy priest or was simply suffering from lack of faith. I believe this kind of disposition is not unique to her but is generally seen in most places. Some ministers experience this type of neglect and treatment. In the gospel reading (Mk. 6:1-6), it was also this kind of neglect and treatment that Jesus received in his home town Nazareth. He went about doing good elsewhere but when he returned to his home town that his people might have a share of his good works, he was received with over-familiarity, treated with contempt and listened to with unbelief despite the wisdom that came from him.