The Gospel Today
Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.
They were astonished and said,
“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary
and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us?
Where did this man get all this?”
And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.”
And he did not work many mighty deeds there
because of their lack of faith.
Reflection (Sem. Rolly Teng):
There is this famous adage that says: “No one is a prophet in his own country”. Perhaps, this was what Jesus felt when He was preaching the Word of God in His own place. Everyone was murmuring where He came from. Some people said that He was the son of a carpenter. For others, He was the son of Mary. Some even asked where did He acquire His wisdom. If we try to interpret these reactions from people perhaps they were jealous of Jesus. They could not imagine and accept that their neighbor could speak as such. “Why Him rather than us?”
Sometimes in our life, these experiences of Jesus happen in our day-to-day life. People around us question our abilities and capacities. When we entertain jealousy in our mind, then that will be the time we experience questioning others’ capabilities. Sometimes we failed to see our own uniqueness and giftedness. God created us in His own image and likeness. We need to discover our own different talents and gifts entrusted to us.
Today’s Gospel invites us to be grateful to all the blessings we have received from God. Let us count our personal blessings and not the blessings of others. If we are focusing on others’ abilities and capabilities, sometimes we see ourselves less. After hearing Jesus, let us try to focus on own giftedness. By simply looking on our own blessings, we become more grateful and we gain self-confidence because we believe that Jesus is with us.