The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, July 8, 2018

Old Testament: Ezekiel 2:1–5

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 12:1–10

Gospel: Mark 6:1–13

In our Gospel reading from St. Mark Jesus returns to His home town and finds that familiarity can breed contempt.  Once the locals remember the diminished social standing and lowly position of honour Jesus held in their society they turn against His ministry.  We come to the Divine Service to receive God’s gifts in order that familiarity may not breed contempt in our own lives.  Although like Paul we have affliction in this life, God’s grace, power, and mercy stand opposed to our weakness (Epistle).  We return again and again to the familiar words of the liturgy and there we find the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

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