Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/020117.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.
When we assume we know who people are and what they can do, we hinder their ability to be who God created them to be. Jesus had the power to do great things, but they allowed their disbelief to block His power. How has your disbelief blocked the power of God in your life?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have seen you do amazing things because I believe in you. But I have seen many who refuse to believe, who will not allow you into their lives, not receive miracles. I pray Lord, that they will open their hearts and minds to you and may I never lose my belief in you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.