Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Agatha

February 5th, 2014
"“On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded.” Mark 6:2" Mark 6 : 2

Jesus was teaching effectively and wisely, but the people of his home town saw only a carpenter: “he’s no better than we are; he’s just a common labourer, they said.” They were offended that others could be impressed by Jesus and follow him. They rejected his authority, because he was one of their peers. They thought they knew him, but their preconceived notions about who he was made it impossible to them to accept his message. We must not let prejudice blind us to truth. As we learn more about Jesus, we must try to see him as he really is.

Jesus said that a prophet is never honoured in his home town. But that does not make his work any less important. A person does not need to be respected or honoured to be useful to God. If friends, neighbours or family don’t respect your Christian work, don’t let their rejection keep you from serving God.

People of the locality were on the verge of asking the right question about Jesus but cannot believe in the greatness or in the mission of a local boy!

Prayer Lord, help me to recognise you in the people whose lives I touch each day. Amen