John Connelly


Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 5, 2015
Ezekiel 2.2-5 | Psalm 123 | 2 Corinthians 12.7-10 | Mark 6.1-6
June 29, 2015

In this week's Gospel the Scripture says of Jesus, "He was amazed at their lack of faith" (Mark 6.6). The very people who should have received Jesus and listened to him did not.

They were blind to the reality before them. God stood among them but they could not see. Even Jesus, the Son of God, was amazed by this phenomenon.

The trouble in today's world is also a lack of faith. This lack of trust and true belief in the one who created all things is actually an amazing thing.

The Lord took me . . . and said to me,

'The Lord took me . . . and said to me, "Go, prophesy to my people Israel."'

Amos 7.15

Imagine if you were a fish in the ocean. You spend your life surrounded by the ocean, immersed in the ever-present ocean. But you do not believe the ocean exists. You are blind to the reality that is all around you. This is a good image for a lack of faith.

The Scripture says of God, "In him, we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17.28). God is the very source of our existence. Every breath comes from God. Every heartbeat. Every moment we live is a pure gift from our creator.


The truth is Jesus will come again. He will judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end. But all over the world people do not believe. They cannot see reality. They lack a living and dynamic faith.

Faith arises when one wakes up to reality. It is the opening of our interior perception to the truth. The truth of Jesus. The truth of the kingdom of God. The truth that God created us, loves us all and has a plan for us all.

Today we live in a world of competing ideologies and lies. It is a blizzard that constantly surrounds us. A whiteout that clouds our perception of God. But deep within every one of us is a still small voice. The voice of conscience. The voice of God.

Our job as Christians is to remind people of this still small voice. The new evangelization involves waking people up to the reality of Jesus by pointing them to this inner call.

When we live and speak the Gospel with humility and love there is a voice within others that says, "He exists. Jesus is real. He is calling me by name."


People all around us have lost faith. An estimated 90 per cent of Catholics have drifted away or left for other reasons. They have in various degrees lost sight of reality. The greatest reality of all time. The reality that reveals the truth of who we are. The reality of Jesus.

Allow Jesus to open your eyes through prayer. Allow him to increase your faith. Allow him to use your life to help awaken this slumbering world to the Good News that can set humanity free. This is our call.

Come Lord Jesus. Increase our faith.