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Happy Without. Happy Within.

What is this wisdom that has been granted Him?
Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-4; II Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6

Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:2

A young man finished college with a degree in psychology. Shortly after his graduation, the new psychologist was asked to deliver a speech to a group of senior citizens. For forty-five minutes he lectured the seniors on the subject of “How To Find Meaning in Retirement.” When the speech was over, an eighty-year-old woman waited until everyone was gone except the young speaker. She told him that he had delivered the speech with great power and conviction. “Your message was beautifully written. I admire you very much,” she said, “but I must tell you one thing that you’ll come to understand as you get older: You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

The great liberator, Mohandis K. Gandhi, was known to evolve in his thinking about the important topics of the day. One of his close associates once asked him how he could freely and publicly seem to contradict this week something he was talking about just the week before. Gandhi replied, "Because this week I know better." In any week, to know that we don't know it all is a true measure of wisdom.

This week we gather together in Jesus' Name to freely and publicly acknowledge our ongoing need "to know better."

This week we gather together in Jesus' Name to acknowledge our ongoing need to grow into the kind of merciful, compassionate, and forgiving persons God created us to be.

This week, and all the weeks of your life, you can experience peace of mind and heart and soul to the extent that you recognize the Wisdom of the Lord Jesus in your midst — listen to Him, and follow Him!

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus returns to Nazareth, for the first time since His public ministry began. His reputation has preceded Him. His fellow villagers have heard accounts of His revolutionary teachings and his awesome miracles. Now, here He is, in the flesh, back home again, teaching in the local synagogue. And the villagers are "astonished when they heard Him." "Where did this man get all this?" they ask. “What is this wisdom that has been granted Him, and these [...]

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