May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/020316.cfm

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. 

They were amazed at His knowledge. They knew Him as a child. Many of them would have been educated in the same way and they knew they were not taught what He was teaching. They had a glimpse of who He really was, but they had a hard time believing it – because they did know Him. He could not perform miracles because they did not believe. How often do we dismiss people we grew up with or work with because we think we know them? How many people in your life do reach their full potential because you think you know them and dismiss them? Have you been dismissed and not reached your full potential? Go to Christ, He knows how you feel. Do as He did and go elsewhere and perform great things. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the faith and trust you have in me. Thank you for allowing me to reach my full potential in you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.

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