He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.” And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Jesus receives a chilly reception from his hometown crowd in today’s Gospel. Sometimes, we’re skeptical of or even annoyed by what’s familiar. (For instance, I must admit that I think it’s easier to take unsolicited advice from a stranger than from my wife!) I’m amused by Jesus’ reaction; he doesn’t get mad, but seems resigned to what’s happening and moves along to the next place.
Today is the Feast of Saint Peter Faber, one of the very first Jesuits, who preached the Good News all over Europe. He went to a bunch of places in Italy, Germany, Spain, Germany again, Portugal, Spain again. Like Jesus, he was a man on a mission and on the move, often far from home. How might his example inspire you today? Might God be calling you out of your comfort zone to share his love in an unexpected place or with an unexpected person?
Prayer for Detachment
I beg of you, my Lord,
to remove anything which separates
me from you, and you from me.
Remove anything that makes me unworthy
of your sight, your control, your reprehension;
of your speech and conversation,
of your benevolence and love.
Cast from me every evil
that stands in the way of my seeing you,
hearing, tasting, savoring, and touching you;
fearing and being mindful of you;
knowing, trusting, loving, and possessing you;
being conscious of your presence
and, as far as may be, enjoying you.
This is what I ask for myself
and earnestly desire from you. Amen.
—St. Peter Faber, SJPlease share the Good Word with your friends!