First Reading: Ezekiel 2:2-5
2 While the voice was speaking, God’s spirit entered me and raised me to my feet, and I heard the voice continue,3
Mortal man, I am sending you to the people of Israel. They have rebelled and turned against me and are still rebels, just as their ancestors were.4 They are stubborn and do not respect me, so I am sending you to tell them what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying to them.5 Whether those rebels listen to you or not, they will know that a prophet has been among them.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7 But to keep me from being puffed up with pride because of the many wonderful things I saw, I was given a painful physical ailment, which acts as Satan’s messenger to beat me and keep me from being proud.8 Three times I prayed to the Lord about this and asked him to take it away.9 But his answer was:
My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak. I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me.10 I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
1 Jesus left that place and went back to his hometown, followed by his disciples.2 On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue. Many people were there; and when they heard him, they were all amazed.
Where did he get all this? they asked.
What wisdom is this that has been given him? How does he perform miracles?3 Isn’t he the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon? Aren’t his sisters living here?
And so they rejected him.
4 Jesus said to them,
Prophets are respected everywhere except in their own hometown and by their relatives and their family.
5 He was not able to perform any miracles there, except that he placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them.6 He was greatly surprised, because the people did not have faith.
Then Jesus went to the villages around there, teaching the people.