In the Gospel read at Mass yesterday, Wednesday, February 3, Jesus, accompanied by his disciples, came to his hometown of Nazareth to preach in the synagogue. (Mark, 6:1-6) In other words, he visited the town in which grew up where everyone knew him, and knew his father and his mother and his close relatives. Here, despite coming in with the amazing reputation seen elsewhere in the Scriptures because of the long string of miracles and preaching authority, he was met with skepticism. They couldn’t believe that this “boy” from their hometown had any sort of special authority. Mary and Joseph were their neighbors. Mary and Joseph had relatives who were natives of Nazareth. Everyone knew the family well. Jesus grew up with their own children, played the same games and ate at their own tables. And now here he is preaching to them about the kingdom of God? You can almost hear them saying “I don’t think so.”
Jesus could read their thoughts. He called it a lack of faith. And because they lacked faith, he could not perform the miracles he was known for. Except for a couple of healings, he left the town without performing any special acts or deeds.