I don’t know how familiar you are with Jesus, but trust me you may not be familiar enough. In Mark 6:1-6, the people of Nazareth felt they were so familiar with Jesus that they couldn’t just believe he was the awaited Messiah.
6 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Mark 6:1-6 New International Version (NIV)
And this is not too far-fetched from us, believers of today. Like the people of Nazareth 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. Let us therefore, strive daily to know him and to trust him the more.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
Father, in our journey through this life, help us to learn and discover new things about Jesus so as to increase our faith and trust in You. Amen