They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is this 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. The Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” Mark 6:24
I would think it must have been most disheartening for Jesus to receive such a greeting in his own hometown. I have heard that the famous Mahātmā Gandhi once said that he would be a follower of Jesus Christ if it were not for the Christians he had met. In today’s world, the “home town” of Jesus Christ is the Christian community. In our reading of Mark’s Gospel, we see just how the people in his hometown responded to his ministry. If Mark were writing his Gospel today, as he looked at the members of St. Paul’s, Ivy, would he talk about the wonder of God’s grace and love that flows through us out into the world, or would he say that our Lord “was amazed at our disbelief “?
Dear Lord, help us during this Lenten season to search within ourselves to discover who we are in the Lord’s Family today and who we will become. Amen.