From the Gospel according to Mark
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place,
accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.
The word of the Lord
Understanding or categorising.
We can either genuinely understand Jesus or hold biased opinions about Him. Our inclination to control often leads us to quickly assign labels when interacting with others. Have you never experienced initially disliking someone only to discover that, upon truly knowing them, they become one of your closest friends?
This same dynamic exists with Jesus. We either carry preconceptions or genuinely comprehend who He is. Lord, I desire to continue deepening my understanding of You, exploring Your true essence because comprehending You fully is beyond reach. Additionally, Lord, I request a deeper understanding of my spouse, acknowledging and overcoming my biases to love them as You do.
Reflection for Marriage life:
Montse: Last night, I dreamt about you, Vicent
Vicent: Something beautiful, I presume, Montse?
Montse: In my dream, you were Fred Astaire, and I was Ginger Rogers. I admired you spellbound as we tap-danced together. Upon waking, I wondered, why don’t I always look at Vicente with that same admiration? I observed you sleeping with your mouth open and all disheveled. Despite it not being your most ideal image, the Lord granted me the ability to cherish you and remind myself: He’s the incredible husband God has given me! In gratitude, I thanked God for you.
Vicent: Well, if I had known, I would have dressed in a tuxedo and bowtie before bed. Come here, my love: (He pulls her out of bed, and they dance together in pajamas around the room while Vicente sings)
Vicent: Heaven, I’m in heaven. And my heart.
Let us rid our hearts of prejudices, allowing the Lord to perform miracles in our marriage. Praise be to God.