Jesus returned to his own country, and his disciples followed him. When the Sabbath came, He began teaching in the synagogue, and most of those who heard him were astonished. They commented, «How did this come to him? What kind of wisdom has been given to him that he also performs such miracles? Who is he but the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here among us?». So they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, «Prophets are despised only in their own country, among their relatives and in their own family». And he could work no miracles there, but only healed a few sick people by laying his hands on them. Jesus himself was astounded at their unbelief. Jesus then went around the villages teaching.
Jesus wishes that we may not be conditioned by the behavior of others. Jesus himself has taught us that the good deeds have to continue, immaterial of the rejection. He is sad that these people couldn’t profit from His presence.
As a faithful believer, we should learn to make use of this opportunity of being with the Lord and allow the grace to work in us. The more we are open to the grace, the better efficient will be the fruit. It is in our openness, the way we allow the Spirit of God in freedom, to work in us, that we will find the joy of being Christian.
The opposition of the country men was well perceived. However, Jesus continues to go towards them. This coming of Jesus towards us , do give us the necessary hope of conversion and grace. This Lord will never abandon us, will continue to come towards us. However, Jesus will remind us, when He comes, will He find us filled with hope and charity or….?
Action of the day: Be open to the impulsion of the Lord.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Distinguishing God's power and our faith,
by Origen of Alexandria (185-254 AD)`
"And perhaps, as in the case of metallic substances there exists in some a natural attraction toward some other thing, as in the magnet for iron, and in naphtha for fire, so there is an attraction in such faith toward the divine power according to what Jesus said: 'If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, 'Move to another place,' and it shall be moved' (Matthew 17:20). Matthew and Mark wished to present the all-surpassing value of that divine power as a power that works even in those who do not believe. But they did not deny that grace works even more powerfully among those who have faith. So it seems to me that they accurately said not that the Lord did not do any mighty works because of their unbelief, but that he did not do many there (Mark 6:5). Mark does not flatly say that he could do no mighty work there at all, and stop at that point, but added, 'except that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk and healed them' (Mark 6:5). Thus the power in him overcame even their unbelief." (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON MATTHEW 10.19)