Mark 6: 1-6
A Prophet Without Honour
6 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.
With all the violence that has been going on this last week we see there is a lack for respect for “the other” in so many ways. It seems to come with a complete sense of ignorance. We seem to lack a real sense of caring for the other. This week it has once again be known in the lack of respect for race, power and any sense of love in what we are doing. It was missing in the lesson we have today.
Jesus returns home and the people are questioning his wisdom, his miracles and his family tree and the people are found lacking in faith. Would he not find that true on the earth as it exists today? We think we have made so much progress in compassion. We find total disregard for others and how much that “ignorance” in its truest form (the need for “me and my rights” and the ignorance of”my rights”.) This brings anger and rage in others. May we take some time today to look at ways we contribute by ignoring it, by becoming ignorant in our own lives, and simply dismissing it…
Lord, we pray for the ignorance of the world around us and ourselves as we go from day to day. When we see injustice done by others or see ourselves involved in it, move us in someway to address it. May we not simply say words of prayer to have you change it. By the guidance of the Holy Spirit you cause us to be the answer to our own prayer if we are willing to address injustices in all our words, our caring for others and by that lead others to do the same in our every day encounters. May we follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Amen.