Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place,
accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
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.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith. Mk 6:1-6
If a poor man from the other side of town came to us speaking wisdom and astonishing us, would we not believe because we know him, his parents, and his family? Would we make judgment because he is poor, from a certain place, or has a certain color of skin? We are all victim’s of judgment in these areas. We watch the news or read the paper and judge. We think the world would be better if people would just do certain things. We don’t associate with people because of where they came from or what they have done in the past. We do this to such an extent that we don’t even think of them as our brothers and sisters in Christ, created from the same God as our Father. I am certain I have judged in each of these ways before, may God’s grace transform me.
God calls us to get out of our comfort zone, out of our cozy neighborhoods, and beyond our own judgment in our minds and see Christ in all. If we don’t, we might just miss an opportunity to see Jesus visiting us through the least of us and saying again, “I am amazed at your lack of faith.” What if St. Mother Teresa lived like that? How many would not have received her love and the founding of her religious congregation? Now not all of us are called to this life, but we can all ask God how He is calling us to love more in our homes, schools, work, and community.
Today’s challenge: See every person as Jesus did, with dignity, no matter what they have done, their race, religion, family, or circumstances. Don’t fall victim to judgment and withdraw to a place where no confrontation exists allowing yourself to believe it is someone else’s problem.
Be a servant, become a saint!