Jeremiah 26:1-9; Psalm 69:5, 8-10, 14;Matthew 13:54-58
Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Where did this man get such wisdom? (Matthew 13:54)
How often does a word you hear or read, a verse from Scripture, or a line from a hymn stir something in your heart? You understand some aspect of who God is, either for the first time or in a whole new light. And with that understanding, you feel a new touch of God’s love or a gentle conviction of sin or a new motivation to serve. You sense a particular direction for your life or a confirmation that you are on the right path.
But then the wonder of all you have received is dulled by that awful word—but. Ordinary objections, human fear, or practical considerations arise and dominate your mind. The comfort, joy, or sense of purpose that you were enjoying gives way, and you are left wondering if anything really happened at all.
This is how the crowd in Jesus’ hometown reacted. Their initial admiration for Jesus, based on his teaching and his reputation as a miracle worker, turned to disbelief when he came back to pay them a visit. Everything they had heard sounded so good, but when they saw him, he looked like the same old carpenter’s son they had always known. As a result, Jesus couldn’t work many mighty deeds there.
The Nazarenes’ lack of faith didn’t totally overpower Jesus; it just hindered them from receiving everything he wanted to give them. Lack of faith doesn’t render Jesus powerless; it renders us unreceptive.
God loves you. He really does. He wants to work in your life. If any thought or emotion rises up that argues otherwise, turn a deaf ear to it! Resist the urge to demand easy explanations or to rely solely on human logic. Instead, tell yourself, “God wants to guide and direct me. He wants to heal and forgive me. He wants me to know him personally.” Believe that God wants to surprise you with his kindness and compassion, and you’ll feel wonder rising up in your heart. And when you do, pause and embrace it.
“Jesus, help me feel your loving touch today.”~wau