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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Weekly Gospel Reflection
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

July 5, 2015—Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Mark 6:1-6

by
Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

At a school Mass the pastor was preaching a long sermon, and the children got restless. A lad in the front pew started to whisper to the student next to him. Several pews behind, Sister pointed in their direction and told the boy beside her, "Tell him to stop talking." The boy walked up to the sanctuary and said, "Father, Sister says for you to stop talking."

We read in today’s Gospel that Jesus’ townspeople wanted him to stop talking. At every Mass Jesus speaks to us in the Scriptures. Let’s not imitate the citizens of Nazareth, but instead be attentive to Jesus. If we were listening to instructions on how to pack our own parachutes, we’d give our full attention! That’s how we should listen to Jesus at Mass.

And we should reinforce what we hear in Scripture by studying our faith. For example, today’s Gospel speaks of the brothers and sisters of Jesus. The early Church Fathers taught that Mary remained a virgin. Sometimes people who don’t know the Bible or Christian history claim that Mary could not be a virgin because "she had other children."

But while the Bible mentions "brothers and sisters" of Jesus, it NEVER states that Mary had other children. Two of those who are called brothers of Jesus, namely James and Joseph (see Matthew 13:56-57), are later identified as sons of another woman (Matthew 27:56). Disciples of Jesus are called his brothers more than 100 times in the New Testament.

Jesus did give his Mother to us when he said from the cross, "Behold your Mother" (John 19:27). And Mary doesn’t say, "Tell him to stop talking." She does say, "Do whatever he tells you" (John 2:5).

On this Fourth of July weekend, a week after the Supreme Court ruled that God’s plan for marriage is unconstitutional, let’s ask Mary to intercede for our nation and especially for its judicial, executive, and legislative branches of government. Let’s pray that Mary’s intercession will help us as a nation to realize that our rights, our laws, and our lives must be in accord with the laws of Almighty God. Let’s pray that all Americans will do whatever Jesus tells us.


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