I don’t know how familiar you are with Jesus, but trust me you may not be familiar enough. The people of Nazareth in Luke 4:24-30, felt they were so familiar with Jesus that they couldn’t just believe he was the awaited Messiah.
24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”
28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. Luke 4:24-30 (New International Version – NIV)
This is not too far-fetched from us, believers of today. We sometimes think we are too familiar with Jesus since we always hear his word and even receive him daily in the Eucharist. This could slacken our relationship and knowledge of him.
There is always something new to learn and discover about Jesus in order to increase our faith and trust in him since he is God. There is always a room with each passing moment to get more familiar with Jesus. As we continue our Lenten observances; fasting, praying and alms giving, let us strive daily to know him and to trust him the more.
Have a fruitful day. Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
Prayer (Knowing the Messiah)
Dear Lord, open our eyes and hearts to seek and know You more. Not relying on our own opinions and that of others. But learn and discover new things about You to increase our faith and trust in You. Amen