Prayer – O Jesus, I honor you as the true prophet who has come into the world.
Imagination: (Picture Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth)
Jesus returns to Nazareth, accompanied by his disciples. After his teaching, the crowd asks itself three questions which summarize Mark’s gospel. Jesus has shown authority, wisdom and healing powers. However, the whole atmosphere of the synagogue is disbelief. The result is a foregone conclusion. Jesus can heal only a few who have faith.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Jesus came to his own town with his disciples. On a sabbath, he entered the synagogue and began to teach. Many listened in admiration, saying, “How did he learn all these things? Where did he get this wisdom? By what power can he do these works? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Jude and Simon? Are not his sisters with us. They found him too much for them.
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is without honor only in his native place, in his own house and among his own relatives. He could work no miracle there. He only cured a few people by laying hands on them.
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- In his return to Nazareth, Jesus has much greater stature. He enjoys a reputation and has a large group of disciples.
- He acts at Nazareth exactly as he did in the other towns. He teaches