And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”
In today’s reading, Jesus is teaching in the synagogue and healing those who were sick. This was happening in his home town and it surprised many people who knew him. They had known him as a baby and ordinary boy, a son of a carpenter (Joseph) and simple woman (Mary). They know his brothers and were amazed by his wisdom and authority. They had not seen him attending a special rabbinic school and this confused them about the source of his wisdom and authority. Instead of believing him, they took offense at him and this is the context we hear him saying, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” Brothers and sisters, sometimes we miss the opportunity for our salvation because of the background knowledge we have about the bearer of that message. We underestimate the one brining the gospel to us and in the process lose the opportunity to be saved. Let this Lenten period be a period where we pay our special attention to the gospel and stop focussing on one bringing it. Amen.
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
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