One of my friends way back in childhood became a priest, and is currently involved teaching and training seminarians to the priesthood. He is a faithful servant of God, articulate, and a caring person. He belonged to a good-looking family way back but then sadly later on, the parents walked separate ways. One of his parents left the Church and joined another congregation. It’s a hard thing because they used to be active in Church and yet, despite having a son or family member in the service of God, they abandoned it for other sects.
In the Gospel today (Mk. 6: 1-6), we hear that Jesus went to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When He taught in the synagogue, many who heard him were astonished but in a negative way, “and they took offense at him.” Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” As a result, Christ “wasn’t able to perform any miracles there, apart from curing a few sick people. The Lord was amazed at their lack of faith.”
It’s a sad reality indeed because what they didn’t realize is that the blessing that they have was unknowingly rejected by their lack of faith. There would have been many blessings and miracles there, if only they listened and accepted God in their midst.
If you want miracles to happen in your own home and community, you should build it with a solid faith and foundation in the Lord. When you lead your family to Jesus, it becomes a happy, blessed, and bountiful home. Prayer occupies a major role in family life and everyone strives to remain faithful to God. When family members love, care, and trust each other, the problems and challenges that they face are easily resolved. Yes, there may be challenges that happen along the way, but with humility and patience in your relationships, there is ease and comfort in addressing misunderstandings. There is harmony in the home and with that strong intimacy with Christ, there are countless miracles that happen every single day.
When there is lack of faith and its resultant acts of love, the atmosphere in the house is dry, lifeless, and stunted. You can’t call it a home. How can you expect good things to happen when God the Almighty isn’t welcome there?
This Sunday, we are invited to reflect on how we treat our family members who work in the service of the Lord. We should see Christ in them and abandon all pride and prejudice when they share their faith with us. Despite their limitations, let us strive to appreciate their participation in God’s work.
Let us pray for those who work in God’s vineyard, that they may have the joy and strength to persevere, despite encountering rejections in their mission. Amen.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.”
(Lk. 4: 18)