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Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 13,54-58): Jesus went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, «Where did He get this wisdom and these special powers? (...) How did he get all this?». And so they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, «The only place where prophets are not welcome is their hometown and in their own family». And He did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Jesus went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, «Where did He get this wisdom and these special powers? Isn't He the carpenter's son? Isn't Mary his mother and aren't James, Joseph, Simon and Judas his brothers? Aren't all his sisters living here? How did he get all this?». And so they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, «The only place where prophets are not welcome is their hometown and in their own family». And He did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today Jesus sends a very useful warning for us. We are like "His homeland" because we have received the faith since childhood. And we have the danger of becoming used to it and stop appreciating our faith as the "treasure" of our life.

"How can we not grow old in our faith?" It is a matter of friendship with Jesus!