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Matthew 13:54-58

Jesus came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?" And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honour except in their own country and in their own house." And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.

Matthew 13:54-58
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    • How human is this gospel reading. Human nature has not changed since Jesus’ time! Jealousy rears its ugly head. Can’t you hear them say ‘Who does this guy think he is? What would he know, isn’t he only a carpenter’s son? Take no notice of him and maybe he will move on someplace else!’
    • Jesus, how many times have we closed our ears to your gentle whispering, your attempts at reaching our hearts.? Forgive us our judgemental attitude and our slowness in recognising you in one another. Help us to hear the voices of today’s prophets who plead with us to act justly toward others.
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    • How human is this gospel reading. Human nature has not changed since Jesus’ time! Jealousy rears its ugly head. Can’t you hear them say ‘Who does this guy think he is? What would he know, isn’t he only a carpenter’s son? Take no notice of him and maybe he will move on someplace else!’
    • Jesus, how many times have we closed our ears to your gentle whispering, your attempts at reaching our hearts.? Forgive us our judgemental attitude and our slowness in recognising you in one another. Help us to hear the voices of today’s prophets who plead with us to act justly toward others.
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    • How human is this gospel reading. Human nature has not changed since Jesus’ time! Jealousy rears its ugly head. Can’t you hear them say ‘Who does this guy think he is? What would he know, isn’t he only a carpenter’s son? Take no notice of him and maybe he will move on someplace else!’
    • Jesus, how many times have we closed our ears to your gentle whispering, your attempts at reaching our hearts?. Forgive us our judgemental attitude and our slowness in recognising you in one another. Help us to hear the voices of today’s prophets who plead with us to act justly toward others.
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    • There’s a song which goes, ‘I love those dear hearts and gentle people, who live and love in my hometown’. That was not Jesus’ experience. Though he loved them, they had neither ‘dear hearts’ nor gentleness for him. They were jealous of his learning and offended at his teaching. They rejected him.
    • Faith is necessary for ‘deeds of power’ - either our own faith or that of those who pray for us. Without faith, Jesus’ hands are tied and his power is limited. I pray for greater faith: ‘I believe, Lord, help my unbelief.’
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    • I enter this scene as one of the townspeople. Am I blown over by Jesus' deeds of power? Fascinated to see how this young neighbour has grown? Or sceptical, begrudging, loath to be impressed, looking for a way to put him down?
    • I am grateful for the details we might never otherwise have known, about his trade and his relations. But Lord, give me a more generous heart, to respond readily to love and the signs of your presence.
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    • I enter this scene as one of the townspeople. Am I blown over by Jesus' deeds of power? Fascinated to see how this young neighbour has grown? Or sceptical, begrudging, loath to be impressed, looking for a way to put him down?
    • I am grateful for the details we might never otherwise have known, about his trade and his relations. But Lord, give me a more generous heart, to respond readily to love and the signs of your presence.