Matthew 13:53-58

53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 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.” 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Reflection

The first two days this week we have read about spreading the word and living in the glory of God through Jesus.  But here in Matthew we get to see the other side of living a God filled life.  Here is Jesus the Son of God curing and teaching with authority, and yet his own friends family, and neighbors look at him and say; “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? How can he have authority?  How can he have the word?” And they took offense.  But when we do these works for God, going to a soup kitchen, doing prison ministry, giving out Lazarus bags to those in need.  We get called “Holy Roller”, and our motives are questioned.  But the truth is why do we care?  Jesus stopped performing miracles in his own area because they wouldn’t believe.  He went about God’s work were he could and brought peace and healing too many.  When we do our work for God it is not about who appreciates us in our families and friends, but who is enriched by our actions no matter how small.  That servanthood to God being the one who helps and spreads the word through kindness and giving every day.  Maybe we should stop worrying about what people around us think and be grateful that we have been called to help others in whatever way we can.  To shine God’s light into the world and make one person’s dark world bright in his grace.

John Vancamp