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,[a] 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 honor 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.
A “prophet without honor,” that was how Jesus described himself. Can you identify with that? Trying to reach out, touch someone with a word of healing or care, a word of grace, only to be rebuked? Perhaps you can.
It isn’t easy, is it? In fact, it may be one of the greatest obstacles to the sharing of our faith in word and action.
Still, God promises that as the “salt” and “light” that our world needs most – God will provide, just as he provided to those first sent out. It is important to remember, first and foremost, that WE need not have all we need to carry out our mission of being God’s people in a broken and hurting world. God will provide nourishment, material and spiritual resources, even when we cannot see where or when they will come.
I take great hope in that – I hope you can too.