Saturday July 6th: A time to rejoice and a time to mourn
July 6, 2024
Monday July 8th: Lord, increase my faith
July 8, 2024

Sunday July 7th: Rejected by his own

“A prophet is despised only in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house.”

Mark 6: 1-6

Jesus faced a severe testing when he returned to his hometown, not simply as the carpenter’s son, but now as a rabbi with disciples.

The people of Nazareth took offense at Jesus and refused to listen to what he had to say. They despised his preaching because he was a mere workman, a carpenter, and a layman who had no formal training by a scholar or teacher.
Jesus could do no mighty works in their midst because they were closed-minded and unbelieving towards him.
Jesus came to set people free – not only from their physical, mental, and spiritual infirmities – but also from the worst affliction of all – the tyranny of slavery to sin, Satan, and the fear of losing one’s life. The Gospel of salvation is “good news” for everyone who will receive it.
Lord Jesus, you are the fulfillment of all our hopes and desires. Your Spirit brings grace, truth, freedom, and abundant life. Set my heart on fire with your love and truth. (Don Schwager).