Homily...Moving On

We know that God is omnipotent…all-powerful, unlimited, able to do the impossible. Yet today, St. Mark tells us that Jesus was unable to act, unable to perform a mighty deed because the people lacked faith.

And even more surprising, it was the people who knew him best, the people of his hometown, the place where he was raised. “They took offense at him.” So Jesus quotes to them a proverb: “No prophet is without honor except in his own hometown, among his own kin and in his own house.” So Jesus moved on where what he said & did would make a difference. 

Sometimes those who know us the best do not accept us, understand us, or recognize our gifts. And that can be hurtful. Children (even as adults) long for the acceptance of their parents. We all hope that those who are most familiar to us will be the most supportive. But that is not always the case. So what do we do? We do what Jesus did…we move on. “Jesus made his rounds of the neighboring villages & continued to teach.” We go where people will listen to us, understand us, support us, appreciate what we have to offer. We go without anger or resentment or self-pity. We just move on.