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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year B
July 4, 2021
Anne Osdieck

First Reading
Ezekiel 2:2-5

1. Does the world need prophets now? If so, for what? And what are the today’s prophets saying? Are Greta Thunberg and Pope Francis prophets for the climate crisis?

2. Do you think the ordinary prophet has great success or runs into opposition most of the time? Have you and/or your ideas ever been rejected when you tried to change something for the better? How do you handle rejection?

Second Reading

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

1. If you went out shopping for weaknesses or crosses to bear would you pick the ones you already have or would you pick different ones? Why? Do you find God in your weakness? Can it be a constant source of grace?

2. “My grace is sufficient for you.” Do you rely on these words? How often do you bring them out and use them?

Mark 6:1-6

1. Can you think of theologians, saints, or scientists who were rejected for their ideas? For what cause could you be a prophet? Racial justice? Immigration? Care for the environment?
2. Pope Francis spoke about the need for prophecy (and unity) in the church today. How might you recognize these prophets? Will they be manifesting the love of God somehow? In his homily in the Mass for the new Archbishops he said,

... prophecy is born whenever we allow ourselves to be challenged by God, not when we are concerned to keep everything quiet and under control. When the Gospel overturns certainties, prophecy arises. Only someone who is open to God’s surprises can become a prophet.

We need lives that manifest the miracle of the love of God. Not forcefulness, but forthrightness. Not palaver [to talk unproductively and at length], but prayer. Not speeches, but service. You want a prophetic church? Then begin to serve and stop talking. Not theory, but testimony.

Pope Francis emphasizes the need for unity
and prophecy in the church

Feast of Peter and Paul, June 29, 2020

Anne Osdieck

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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