The Familiarity of Jesus Brought Him Contempt in His Town - jerkand


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Sunday, 8 July 2018

The Familiarity of Jesus Brought Him Contempt in His Town

If one wants to understand what it means for familiarity to breed contempt, one should find time to reflect on Mk 6:1-6. Indeed, as we read in Jn 1:11-12, the Word came to his own and his own did not receive him, but as many who received him, he gave power to become children of God. Our last week's gospel, Mk 5:21-43, detailed the two miracles done in a Gentile territory (see Mk 5:1). With a simple geography, we can presume that Nazareth was not too far from the region of the miracles. So, the compatriots of the Lord must have heard about the miracles. Yet, when he got to them, they didn't welcome him. The reason is contempt. By digging into the background of the Lord, they intended to lock him to insignificance, thinking he had nothing in his line to make him qualify for what they saw him doing. This is similar to what we do when we begin to feel that certain things can only be done by some classes of persons or some heights attained only by few from some special families or backgrounds. In the long run, they lost the opportunity, they way we often do. On many occasions, we do not benefit from the abundance of graces available in the Church because we look down on them. We have become so familiar with our partners, friends and parents so much that when they say useful things to us, we ignore them.
Meanwhile, we can have a similar experience as the Lord. People may not welcome our message. Let us learn from the word of the Lord to Jeremiah: wether they listen or not, we must say what must be said. However, if we record any success, we must not allow it to enter our heads. Sometimes, if God notices we can go proud, he may decide to put a thorn on us, the way he did to St Paul (see 2Cor 12:7-10).
God loves you! God bless you!

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