Jesus shocks us


FEBRUARY 3, 2021 

Wednesday – Week Four

Feast of St. Blaise

WORD of the DAY 

He 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. (Mark 6: 1-6)

How shall I live this Word?  

Jesus teaches, people listen and are amazed. But in this case, it is not a question of awe and liberating wonder, because Jesus is not welcomed with confidence. We know it is difficult to recognize something important when blinded by prejudice. This is why Jesus was unable to perform many miracles in His home, because He did not find trust.  They thought they knew Him, so much so that they didn’t believe He could give them anything. “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place.”  It is the lack of trust that leads us to often live next to people from whom we no longer perceive anything; and this is because we have stopped believing that they can give us anything. Only on the day our prejudice is overcome, will we be able to look at them again with new eyes and re-discover them as brothers and sisters.

Jesus, help us never to say “That’s it!”, “He/she  will never change”! Help us not to imprison in our ‘little head’ and in our ‘poor heart’  the richness of life of brothers and sisters who have wings to fly high!

The Voice of  Pope Francis   Meditation 8 July 2018

According to the inhabitants of Nazareth, God is too great to stoop to speak through such a simple man! It is the scandal of the Incarnation: the disconcerting event of a God made flesh, who thinks with a human mind, works and acts with human hands, loves with a human heart; a God who toils, eats, and sleeps like one of us.  The Son of God overturns every human scheme: it is not the disciples who washed the feet of the Lord, but it is the Lord who washed the feet of the disciples. This is a reason for scandal and incredulity not only in that era, in every era, even today.

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