Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Gospel for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
An ordinary place, at an ordinary time… No wonder the hearts, minds, even the eyes of the people of Nazareth were closed to seeing the wonder of God among them. Were God to be here it would not be like this!
Yet the presence of God among his people was precisely like this… And he was amazed at their lack of faith.
- How do we accept God?
- On his terms?
- On ours?
Painting of prophet, from Palace of Whitehall. Collection of the British Museum. © 2017, Allen Morris.