February 4, 2015 Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15; Mark 6:1-6
News of Jesus’ marvelous deeds had spread to His hometown of Nazareth before He returned. The people of Nazareth thought they knew Him … they knew His family. How could this hometown boy display such great powers … such wisdom …and maturity? They just did not expect that. In fact … they were astonished.
The people simply did not believe … they closed their hearts to Him. Jesus came to them … but they did not come to Him … they just stayed rooted where they were. In fact … they took offense … how could the son of a carpenter do such great things?
As a result of their lack of openness … the people who should have known Jesus best amazed Him … because they could not believe and accept a true relationship with Him.
This Gospel uses two expressions of surprise … the people were astonished … and Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith and their inability to see the truth.
God’s blessings often come to us as surprises.
Let us pray for the grace to have the openness of heart that will allow us to accept the surprises God sends into our lives.
Gospel Mk 6:1-6
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 Joseph 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.