Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Ellen Keane, SNDdeN

Jun 26, 2024 | Gospel Reflections

Mark 6: 1-6a

“He came to his hometown.  On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue….”What Jesus was offering the townsfolk… a change of mind and heart… they could not accept.

He had already upset the status quo in the many healings that brought change, in treating those judged and labeled as outcasts with reverence, with recognition and a sense of belonging. He saw beyond the labels and the physical limitations into the heart of each one he met and loved them; inviting them to experience change! And they did!

The townsfolk’s fear of something new, of change from what they had known, caused them to resist his presence, to react to the invitation he was offering them to a new way of seeing and a new way of being

In what ways might we be like the townsfolk? Do we fear change? Are we open to different perspectives, to a change of attitudes? Does fear cause us to resist Jesus’ presence in the diverse ways he reveals himself?

Jesus’ presence invites us to let the gifts of his Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, courage, knowledge, reverence, and awe find a home in us, transforming our way of seeing and being to God’s very own way.                                                As Meister Eckhart in his poem To See As God Sees reminds us, 

“The greatest gift

God can give is His own experience.”

Inviting us to remember that it is our destiny,

“To see as God sees, to know as God knows,

to feel as God feels, to Be,

as God


Mark 6: 1-6a

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished.

They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.

He was amazed at their lack of faith.

The Gospel of the Lord



Meet Sister Ellen Keane, SNDdeN

Sr. Ellen Keane entered Notre Dame at Ipswich, MA in 1963. Her ministries have included teaching, administration, pastoral counseling, retreat work, spiritual direction and training of spiritual directors. In 1981, she was invited to join in Notre Dame’s founding and developing a girls’ secondary school in Kakamega, Kenya where she ministered for twelve years. Those years in Kenya were a time of awakening to the richness and diversity of God’s goodness, a homecoming of sorts that has remained with her. Sr. Ellen currently ministers at the Spirituality Center in Ipswich, MA.
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