Jesus came to his native place and
taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished
and said, "Where did this man get such wisdom
and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter´s son?
Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James,
Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all
with us? Where did this man get all this?"
And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to
them, "A prophet is not without honor except in
his native place and in his own house." And
he did not work many mighty deeds there because of
their lack of faith.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe
in your power. I know that you are the
Lord of all history. I trust that you are guiding
my life. Thank you for showing me that you
will triumph. Thank you for the triumph you have
already achieved in my heart and in the hearts of
so many people. I want to allow you to
have total control over my life.
Petition: Lord, increase my
faith in you.
1. Too Much Familiarity: The people of Nazareth
thought they knew all about Jesus. He had grown
up among them. Apparently they had not seen anything extraordinary
about him before he started his public ministry. They
thought he was just like everyone else. So when
they hear that he is doing miracles and teaching with
authority, they do not believe it. Sometimes I also
run the danger of putting limits on Christ’s power
in my life. I see the unimpressive circumstances of my
life and the recurrence of the same old problems.
I do not believe that Christ can do something
supernatural in the midst of an ordinary situation. Today I
am receiving an invitation to step beyond the routine
and believe more deeply in the power of Christ.
An Unwelcome Prophet: The solution to their deepest problems
was in their own backyard. Yet, the people of
Nazareth felt that such a familiar figure could not bring
anything extraordinary. When the Church sometimes challenges me with
some of her teachings – on charity, on family
life, on the need to be a courageous witness
–, do I sometimes find excuses, like saying that my
circumstances are too difficult, or the Church does not
understand my situation? Do I sometimes let the prophetic
voice of the Church die in my heart? When I
feel challenged by the Gospel and by the Church
I should be thankful. Christ is inviting me to
discover the deepest meaning of my life. He is giving
me a chance to allow his presence to make
a deep change in my life. He is allowing me
to discover him in faith and is taking me
beyond my comfort zone to the level of the coming
of his Kingdom.
3. A Miracle Worker in Waiting:
What sort of miracles does Christ want to do
in my life? Christ has a plan to make my
life a luminous witness to the power of his
grace. He wants to fill my life with his holiness
and help me be a light for others. If
I can shake off my superficiality and lack of faith,
I will discover the powerful presence of the Savior
who helps me live each moment with depth and
love. He can do miracles in my life. He can
help me live the virtues which are most costly
for me. Am I willing to take a risk for
Christ and trust him totally?
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I know you want to do great things
in my life. Help me to see how you
can transform the ordinary, seemingly unimportant circumstances of my
day into moments when your grace triumphs. Enable me
to be docile to your Holy Spirit, so he can
do miracles in my life.
Resolution: I will
increase my faith in Christ by taking a risk for
him in some aspect of my spiritual or apostolic