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Mark 6:1-6

Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honour, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.

Mark 6:1-6
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    • It was difficult for the people of Jesus' place to imagine that he had a wisdom that might be of benefit to them. Maybe there is much wisdom around and about me, in places I don't look for it. Lord, direct my eyes to notice and my ears to hear the good with which you want to bless me.
    • Jesus moved on - he did not dig in and insist on convincing those whose minds were closed. I pray for the same freedom: that I may offer truth, hope and life and let the rest to God.
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    • ‘Who does he think he is?’ How many times have we heard, or asked, that question? It speaks of jealousy and a begrudging and small heart. Instead, the question should be, ‘Who am I to judge my neighbour?’
    • Jesus was ‘amazed’ at His neighbours’ unbelief. He has lived among them for thirty years and all they see is ’the carpenter, the son of Mary’. How long have I known Jesus and what/whom do I see? I ask for the grace to know him better.
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    • Why do his fellow townspeople take offence at Jesus? Why do they resent this ordinary building worker they all knew so well? Do I tend to pull people down to my own low level, or do I help them to feel as great as God has made them?
    • For Jesus this event is a learning experience. He is shocked at his hostile reception. While he is truly God, he is truly man, too. He does not know everything but grows in wisdom as we do. This means that he is patient with me as I grow through making mistakes.
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    • Jesus is a prophet in his own country, undervalued, talked down. Am I guilty of this sort of undervaluing? You go to a party to honour one of your family, or one of those you work with. Suddenly the tributes show how strangers love and admire her (or him) in a way you would never have suspected. You see her with fresh eyes. The fact that you know her family and history can blind you to the depths and dreams that make her precious to others.
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    • Jesus is a prophet in his own country, undervalued, talked down. Am I guilty of this sort of undervaluing? You go to a party to honour one of your family, or one of those you work with. Suddenly the tributes show how strangers love and admire her (or him) in a way you would never have suspected. You see her with fresh eyes. The fact that you know her family and history can blind you to the depths and dreams that make her precious to others.