Address: 4100 S. Coulter Street
Amarillo, TX 79109
Church Phone: (806) 358-2461
Rectory Phone: (806) 353-1016
FAX: (806) 358-2529
Office Hours: (M-F) 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Summer Office Hours: June 1 - August 31
(M-Th) 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(F) 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Parish Office Closed July 3
July 4 Independence Day Observed
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"And they ridiculed him." So he hung his head in shame and slunk gloomily out the back door? So he pleaded and whined and called them all names? No. Instead, Jesus "put them all out" and went about his business, raising Jairus' daughter from the dead.
Jesus wasn't concerned about what others thought. And lest we imagine that everyone around him was constantly worshiping him and adoring his divinity, today's reading reminds us that even in the presence of the Lord, skeptics were a dime a dozen. So should we be surprised if we must deal with a bit of ridicule ourselves?
As faithful Christians, we will at times be called to chart a course that doesn't make sense in the eyes of the world. And, yes, some people will say we're crazy. We may be called to take a stand for the unborn or the elderly in a culture that considers life to be expendable. We may be faced with a decision at work that requires us to adhere to an ethical code that our boss thinks is laughable. Perhaps we will have to sacrifice a relationship because of pressures to ignore Christian morality. Or maybe the situation could be as simple as dealing with the smirks that arise when we say a prayer before eating at a restaurant.
Whether we face a snicker or blatant discrimination against our religious freedom, we should not flinch or waver when such opposition comes our way. Jesus faced it and so will we. The question is only how we will respond.
Today, Jesus gives us an example of calm confidence as he marches forward with his mission. He knew that he was doing the right thing, and that was enough for him. It should be enough for us too.
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