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
2. 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 life.