The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth


Reflection on the Gospel of the Friday
In The Seventeeth Week Of Ordinary Time

Memorial: St. John Marie Vianney

Matthew 13: 54-58

In today’s Gospel Jesus comes to his own hometown, Nazareth and began to teach the people in their synagogue. In a close-knit village, everyone presumes to know everything about Jesus, yet he startles them with his wisdom and mighty deeds.  The people marvel at his preaching and healing as demonstration of the kingdom. They knew him as the carpenter’s son and they began to wonder from where he got this wisdom and power to perform miracles.  They were unable to understand the source of Jesus’ wisdom and mighty deeds. They can only think of him as one of their own, in terms of his family relationships.  They rejected him because they could not see beyond their limited understanding, therefore they lacked in faith; hence Jesus could not perform many deeds of power in his own hometown because of their sin of unbelief.

 ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown ( Luke 4:24 ).

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