Sunday: 05 July – Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6 ~ on speaking truth to an unbelieving people

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentence and Prayer:

As weak and sinful people, we gather to ask the Lord’s mercy. We know His grace is sufficient for us. Together, we praise and thank our God for the constant care we receive.
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God of the prophets, in every age You send the word of truth, familiar yet new, a sign of contradiction. Let us not be counted among those who lack faith, but give us the vision to see Christ in our midst and to welcome Your saving word. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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A Reading from the Old Testament: Ezekiel 2:2-5 (NLT)
[The prophet is inspired to speak out, even though God knows the people may not listen.]

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The Spirit came into me as he spoke, and he set me on my feet. I listened carefully to his words. “Son of man,” he said, “I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against me to this very day. They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people. But I am sending you to say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ And whether they listen or refuse to listen — for remember, they are rebels — at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.

A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 123:1-4 (NLT)

I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven.

We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy, for we have had our fill of contempt.

We have had more than our fill of the scoffing of the proud and the contempt of the arrogant.
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A Reading from the Letters: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NLT)
[Paul writes about his frailty, which makes him rely all the more on God’s grace.]

Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
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Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

A Reading from the Gospels: Mark 6:1-6 (NLT)
[Like many other prophets before him, Jesus finds no acceptance in his home town.]

Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
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Intercessions:

God have mercy on us and hear our prayers:

+ For all who are called to speak in God’s name today – that we may have the courage of the prophets of old…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who are scandalized by injustice and falsehood in our world – that we may ourselves have the courage to speak out against evil…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who feel weighed down by their own weakness – that we may rely on God’s grace to lift us up…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the gift of perseverance – that we may be true to what we believe, come what may…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our friends and neighbors who have recently died – that they may have eternal peace in God’s presence…. Lord, hear us.

Lord our God, our eyes are fixed on You till You show us Your mercy: let Your grace stay with us each day, and hear our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn:

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

 



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