MATTHEW 13:47-53 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION ( JULY 31, 2020)
He went to his home town and taught the people in the synagogue. They were amazed and said, “ Where did he get this wisdom and these special powers? Isn’t he the carpenter’s Son? Isn’t Mary his mother and aren’t James, Joseph, Simon and Judas his brother? Aren’t all his sisters living here? Where did he get all these things?”
And so they took offense to Him. Jesus said to them, “ The only place where prophets are not welcome is his hometown and in his own family.” And he did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
It is true that too much familiarity does not bring any good. The reason why many of us do not prosper in their hometown is the issue of too much familiarity. Community folks often do not believe someone who heals from the lower social classification for people was greatly valued by their social standing most especially in the nature of their work.
The mentality of man is not the mentality of God. Man acknowledge classification by their worldly positions forgetting the real source of abundance, God. It is in this orientation that man might go out of the sight of God. This worldly attachment hinders into seeing God in some ordinary ways and ordinary persons like Jesus in His time which in a way hinder him to perform any miracle in His hometown as a consequence of their little faith.
In their expression of doubt unto Jesus base on the profile of Mary and Joseph together with His brothers boxes the God on them. In that way God was not able to operate on them smoothly because their hearts were rough and unaccommodating.
The gesture of poor faith blocks the power of God to do amazing things in order for us to fully enjoy the manifold blessings from the Lord.
Brothers and Sisters, let us now examine our hearts for we might not know that this same thing has come to surface in our daily works most especially in the closer community of our own.
Finally, expressions of doubts for any reasons unto Jesus are unyielding and even hold Him doing great in one’s life in a form of miracles.