A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.

Today offers a simple question.  Do you see the wonder, the works of our great God around you?  If not, turn to the message of our Gospel today.  Those without faith, those who don’t trust in God and God alone, may never see the mighty works of the Lord.  The people of Nazareth couldn’t get the thought that this mere carpenter could never be the Son of God…

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.
They were astonished and said,
“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary
and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us?
Where did this man get all this?”
And they took offense at him.

Taking offense to Jesus?  Because of that offense, because of their belligerence, no miracles were done for them.  It wouldn’t have mattered if He had done the miracles – they wouldn’t have believed them anyway.

As you see, faith was as hard in those days as it is today.  It is hard to believe in something that we cannot explain rationally at times.  To steal a line from Tom Cruise (edited for family content), sometimes you just have to say “What the heck”.  Faith is like that.  But if you have faith, if you’re able to give yourself completely to God, the joy from experiencing or witnessing those simple everyday miracles is well worth giving up that need to “control/understand/explain” everything in your life.

Do something great for our Lord today – have faith.  You’ll then see the miracle that is life itself.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Do not be afraid; just have faith. (Hey, that fits today’s thought.)

Jesus, I trust in You.

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