Scripture Notes – Sunday July 4th 2021

He was amazed at their lack of faith.

On this Sunday, we go forward to Mark 6:1-6a, the scene in the synagogue at Nazareth. There’s a lot more to it than might seem at first glance. Accordingly, the translation by Eugene Boring is offered in this email. The people of Nazareth were unable to hear what Jesus had to day — a phenomenon not unknown in our own time.

The Readings

Mark 6:1-6a (translated by Eugene Boring)

Mark 6:1 And he left that place and comes to his hometown, and his disciples follow him. 2 And when the Sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and the large congregation who heard him were terribly shocked. And they kept asking, “Where does this guy get this from? What is the wisdom that has been given to him, and such deeds of power that happen through his hands? 3 Isn’t this the construction worker, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and aren’t his sisters here with us?” And their encounter with him led to their downfall. 4 And Jesus was saying to them, “Prophets are not without honour, except in their hometown, and within their own family, and in their own house.” 5 And he was not able to do there any deed of power, except that he did lay his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he was amazed because of their unbelief.

Some Inspiration

One of the speakers for the Ecumenical Bible Week 2021 was Rabbi Charles Middleburgh. He has co-edited two anthologies of prayers, reflections, poems, psalms etc. Both are quite wonderful. Here are the titles, with publishing details.

  • A Jewish Book of Comfort, edited by Charles Middleburgh & Andrew Goldstein (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2014)
  • High & Holy Days. A Book of Jewish Wisdom, edited by Andrew Goldstein &n Charles Middleburgh (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2010).

Both anthologies are in print. I accessed my copies through Book Depository.

For the feast of Sts Peter and Paul (29 June), here is Palestrina’s Tu es Petrus, sung by Westminster Abbey choir.

Wishing you all a decent break at some point in the summer,

Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA