Jesus departed from there and came
to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. 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 Joses 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
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for this
Sunday, the day we celebrate your Resurrection. I believe that
you walk with us, Lord. I believe that you come
into our “synagogue” today and bring your message of salvation.
I trust that you will guide me to greater light
today. Thank you for coming to look for me.
Petition: Lord, help me to have a heart and will
open to your message.
God Can Surprise Us: Jesus
was well known in Nazareth -- or so they thought.
But there was something they had never seen in him:
they never saw the power of God in him. He
was too ordinary. Our life can seem too ordinary to
us sometimes. We may not recognize the voice of God
when he calls to us, when he asks for a
deeper faith and commitment to him. We may not recognize
him speaking through the example and words of others. We
may not shake off our routine and truly listen to
the Word of God. We can learn from the surprise
the people of Nazareth showed at Jesus’ true identity, as
it will help us to be more alert to God’s
“And They Took Offense at Him”: Jesus can
offend us. He came to shake up certainties about the
closeness of God. God becomes uncomfortably close in Jesus. He
knows all about us. He “grew up” with us: he
knows our whole history, our weaknesses and our inadequacies. He
expects much more of us than what we have given
up to now. I need to let God challenge me
every day. Only in that way can I really discover
Jesus, the miracle-maker. Only in that way can I work
with him to change myself and the world around me.
“He was Amazed at Their Lack of Faith”: What
is there in my life that I think Jesus cannot
touch, cannot change? Am I willing to present it humbly
to Jesus each day so that he can slowly transform
me? Do I try to use my spiritual commitments to
grow in faith? Do I trust in Christ? If not,
I need to ask him to increase that trust. He
wants to make me into a saint. He wants to
change this world. He can. I simply have to put
my trust in him.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you have
shown me that you can overcome any obstacle. I know
that you want to show your power in me. Help
me to believe in you more today. Let me show
others the confidence and joy that you bring. Your power
is present in my soul, Lord. Help me discover the
signs of your Resurrection.
Resolution: Today I will make
an extra act of charity for my family.