Gospel Mark 6:1-6
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 Joses 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.
+Come Holy Spirit, take up your rest in my soul. Amen.
"He was amazed" ..."at their lack of faith."
That singular sentence is an interesting sentence. It seems to flow and have movement; "He was amazed" and then hit a dead stop "at their lack of faith". The word 'amazed' has a connotation for me at least of something perhaps worth pondering, something perhaps even good, but his amazement is not directed towards something good, but rather something...yes, truly worth pondering in our own hearts, that being, lack of faith.
When we think we know God, based upon our life's journey so far, we limit Who He Is and What He can do in our lives, because we tell him who He is and what he can do. That desire to 'control God' does not flow from a humble believing heart, but rather from fear and pride. In last week's Gospel account, we witness a beauty in both individuals and we see, what our Lord does for them. The woman who had hemorrhaging for years, stooped down low to touch the hem of his garments believing that if she did, she would be healed and she was healed. The synagogue official who fell at the feet begging for help, is helped- his daughter is made not only well, but the child is raised from the dead! In contrast, in this week's Gospel, Jesus is amazed by how they (us) want to control who He is and what He can do. That we desire to control the boundless Goodness, Generosity and Mercy that is right here before us, in the Person of Jesus Christ.
This painting of Rembrandt for me, captures perhaps one reflection of our Lord's heart. Look into his eyes and look at his arms and posture. His tenderness and peace draw us in, to a deeper place, closer to Him in faith. What are we afraid of Him doing in our lives for us? When we know Him to be: Goodness, Mercy, Benevolence. Go to Jesus, Be with Jesus. Where are you limiting Him? What do you think He can't do, or won't do for you? Bring it to Jesus, share with Him and share why and listen to Jesus. The evil one will be close by trying to sell you a lie, listen for Truth, you will know it, by the peace that enters your heart.
Prayer: Lord increase our faith and teach us to pray as you taught your disciples. Give us a heart like yours, gentle and humble. Amen