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Jesus’ kinfolks know him to be a carpenter — an artisan who works in wood, stone, and metal, like learned from His father. In Nazareth, His relatives might know the carpenter, the son of Mary, but not Jesus, the Son of God.

Now, as Jesus begins His ministry, He is gradually revealing to His disciples signs and wonders of God’s Kingdom! Yet within His own family circle, there is still disbelief and question.

Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."

He could do no mighty works there, except that He laid His hands upon a few sick people and healed them — and he marveled at their unbelief.

Growing in faith means outgrowing what you think you know about something or someone.

Jesus’ return to Nazareth is a reality check for His family and friends. They thought they knew him — as a local carpenter. As it turns out, He is more than that, and God is more present than they thought. Jesus is in touch with the source of His healing power and love: His Father. The kinfolks will need to acknowledge this. To acknowledge who He is, they would have to give things up: the comfort of familiarity, tribal loyalties, the claims they’ve had on Him as childhood companions or family friends. His relatives would need to change their perspective of who He is.

Opening our minds to who Jesus is can be deeply frightening. He will always let us know what He expects of us and what is required of us. What fissures might open in our families or circles of friends? Can we handle the consequences? Will we take offense at what He is asking from us, as did many in his hometown?

When we ask Jesus to help us and come to our aid, we need to be ready to discover what change He desires from us. Are we ready to let go of our own ideas about our weak and sinful selves? Will we believe that He wants to draw closer to us and pull us into His company?

— Father Mark

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