4th Week of Ordinary Time (6th February, 2019)
First Reading: Heb 12:4-7, 11-15
Gospel: Mk 6:1-6
In the first reading from Paul to the Hebrews, St. Paul tells us that God is looking at us as HIS sons and any punishment that we receive is like a father punishing his child to learn and become better. Often, punishments are considered as a pain but leading to our growth in the long run.
In the Gospel Mark today, we get to know that Jesus does teaching in the synagogue and the people are amazed by the teaching and the amount wisdom that was flowing from Jesus. At the same time, they started to say:
He that carpenter.
He is the son of Mary.
He is the brother of people whom they know.
How can he have so much of wisdom?
They did not have faith. Jesus makes a remark, “A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house”.
Then he didn’t work much miracles out there due to their lack of faith; except that he healed a few people.
While in Japan, we see a monk and his companions inviting death due to their firm faith in Jesus.
Today we remember,
Saints Paul Miki and his Companions, Martyrs.
St. Paul Miki, a Jesuit priest along with 26 Christians, were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain, overlooking Nagasaki. They were being crucified stating that they were migrants from Philippines.
But Fr. Paul declared to the people gathered at the place where, they were martyred, that he is a native of Japan and the only reason for this punishment was that they followed the doctrines of Christ.
Let’s understand the value of this great faith that they had to even give up their lives.
Shall we work hard towards attaining this level of faith? Amen.