Prophets in Native Places
When Jesus “goes home” to his native place, the people take offense at him and he is not able to perform any mighty deeds among them. Was Jesus too familiar to them? Did they misjudge and underestimate him? Why were they so resistant to Jesus’ message?
The Scriptures contain the words of prophets who strongly admonish the people who have been lured by the culture to attend to “worldly things.” The greatest challenges to our faith come from turning our eyes away from God. Misplaced priorities require conversion, the process that invites us to turn our minds and hearts back to God’s word, to God’s wisdom, to God’s universal truth.
Often the conversion that is needed calls us to pay attention to God’s presence and action in our lives. It isn’t easy to be counter-cultural. We might be rejected, like Jesus, by our friends and even by our own family members. Nevertheless, we act with open eyes and brave hearts, listening to the cries of those in need and seeking God’s wisdom, God’s truth.
From our own homes, our own native places, let’s seek to break through the asphalt, the protective walls around our hearts and bring forth new life according to God’s vision for our lives.