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July 8, 2012: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sister Alma Louise Mescher teaches children in Georgia in the summer of 1965. (Photo credit: Library of Congress/LOOK Magazine.)

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 Joses 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. (Mark 6:1-6)

Isn’t it strange? We expect people to always be the same–just people we know. We think we pretty much know what they will say, what they will tell us to do and how to act. So we sometimes don’t really pay attention to what they say. But sometimes we are wrong–just as the Jews were wrong about Jesus here. Because Jesus was the son of a very ordinary carpenter and a simple mother whose name was Mary, the Jews who listened to him did not think of him as a prophet and paid no attention to what he said. As a result, they sometimes missed out on the beautiful things he was telling them.


This may be a good time to think about how you react other people, especially to your mother and father or your teachers. Do you really listen to them? Or do you listen and not really hear what they are saying. For the next several days, pay special attention to what you hear when your mother talks to you. Turn what she says to you over in your mind when you leave her and go out to play or to school. Then later, test your memory about what she said. Can you remember? Doing this will help you train, not only your memory, but the way you pay attention.

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Sister Jeanne Knoerle

Sister Jeanne Knoerle was a Sister of Providence for 64 years. She taught for many years at schools in Illinois, Indiana, and Washington, D.C. and was the president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1968 to 1983. Sister Jeanne passed away in June 2013. Read Sister Jeanne’s Obituary here.

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