In Mark’s gospel, our poor Jesus is rejected in His own hometown. Instead of a warm welcome, smiles, hugs and attentive ears, He is met with coldness, questioning, taunting and a big lack of faith. The gospel states that Jesus was unable to cure but a few people, because of the lack of faith there. This reiterates for me personally, the importance of trusting in the Lord – in having faith that He will answer my requests for healing/help according to His Will. If we ask, but don’t have faith, then we can’t be healed.
It also made me think of my own fears about sharing the Good News with those who come into my life. I am sometimes afraid of how someone might perceive me – a “religious fanatic” or “one of THOSE people.” If people rejected Jesus, they will surely reject us from time to time. Without God, we cannot do a darn thing. Filled with God’s grace, God can use us as instruments to transform our world one person at a time – beginning with ourselves. Though we are weak, with God we are made strong.
The whole evangelization/rejection theme posed to us tomorrow reminded me of a short video I saw on Godtube. It makes a point – although it be a harsh one. It’s a good visual, however, to remind us to push beyond our fear of rejection. In sharing the message of Jesus, we may be ridiculed. Others may turn a deaf ear, BUT maybe they won’t – and another soul could be won for the Lord!?v=WL6YPLNX