Today’s Gospel: Mark 6:1-6
What is disturbing about this famous gospel passage about the reaction Christ receives in his hometown is that Jesus’ neighbors admit that He speaks with wisdom and that He has performed great deeds. They are astonished, in fact, by His reputation.
Yet they cannot admit that His miracles and His words come from God. They sputter, “Where did this man get all this?” They know his family and that He was a simple carpenter. So, they cannot even acknowledge His anointing as a prophet, never mind perceiving that He is the Son of God.
The key to their negative attitude towards Jesus is their pride. They are offended. Their pride shuts their hearts and souls to the truth. Perhaps their noses are out of joint because they are still ordinary. Ironically, it is precisely ordinary, little people who flock to Jesus and who are healed and loved and taught about the wonderful secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. However, it is little people who are humble, who are not offended by the ways of God who are able to receive from Jesus.
Unbelief shuts the hearts of Jesus’ childhood friends and neighbors. As a result, He is unable to perform mighty deeds in his hometown. Only a few are healed by His touch. I think perhaps that the Son of God is taken aback because we are told that He is amazed by their lack of faith.
How do our negative attitudes and lack of faith prevent God from working in our lives?
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.
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Copyright 2015 Melanie Jean Juneau