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Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 8, 2018
Anne Osdieck

First Reading
Ezekiel 2:2-5

1. Are there prophets in your life? Are you sometimes stubborn and closed about listening to their messages? Why? Why would you reject the message or the person?

2. Do you think an “ordinary” prophet today 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 weakness or a cross to bear would you pick ones you already have or would you pick different ones? Do you find God in your weakness? Can that 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?


Gospel:

Mark 6:1-6

1. Can you think of theologians, saints or scientists who were rejected for their ideas? Do you know anyone you would call a prophet today? Where can you find such persons? What might they be trying to change for the better? Immigration and care for the environment? Care for neighbors? For what cause could you be a prophet?
                                
2. Do you agree with Pope Francis’ description of prophets (below): that they are people who keep the promise of God alive, who see the suffering of their people, and bring us the strength to look ahead?

The prophet is a [person] of three times: the promise of the past, the contemplation of the present, the courage to point out the path toward the future.
                                       
All of us who are baptized are prophets. Lord, may we not forget your promise; may we never grow weary of going forward; may we never close ourselves in through a legality that closes doors. Lord, free your people from the spirit of clericalism and come to their aid through your spirit of of prophecy.

Pope Francis, The Eye That Is Opened
Domus Sanctae Marthae, December16, 2013

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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