Gospel: Matthew 13:54-58 –
Jesus went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, “Where did he get this wisdom and these special powers? Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t Mary his mother and aren’t James, Joseph, Simon and Judas his brothers? Aren’t all his sisters living here? How did he get all this?” And so they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them, “The only place where prophets are not welcome is their hometown and in their own family.” And he did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
In our homes especially (like Nazareth), we have the subtle power of preventing miracles. We do not believe enough in one another, for a start. Or rather we believe a lot of negative small-minded things; we remember every mistake the others ever made; in knowing one another too well we may not know one another at all. And then we do not believe enough in Christ’s liberating power.
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