THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
Today’s gospel: Mark 6:1-6
Jesus worked wonders. Many said of him, “What mighty
deeds are wrought by his hands!” (Mk 6:2e). Amazingly,
the wonders Jesus worked were dependent upon the faith of
people. In Nazareth, because of “their lack of faith,”
Jesus “was not able to perform any mighty deed there”
(Mk 6:6,5a). Faith works wonders. Lack of faith prevents the
working of wonders.
“who heard him were astonished” (Mk 6:2b) at his
wisdom and mighty deeds. On the other hand, Jesus “was
amazed at their lack of faith.” (Mk 6:6). There is something
not quite right with such a situation. When we come into contact
with Jesus’ wisdom and mighty deeds, then that should
naturally lead us to greater faith in him. The more we know
of him and the more we experience his mighty work in our lives,
our faith should grow even more. Such was not the case with
the townspeople of Nazareth. After everything was said and
done, “they took offense at him.” (Mk 6:3c).
caused this dysfunctional response? For us who have accepted
Jesus as Savior and Lord, this is hard to understand. But
Jesus had already been dishonored by his own relatives (Mk
3:21). Now the larger community was taking offense at him.
Later he would be rejected by the Jewish nation.
today might fall into the same dysfunction.
There are people, including clerics, who do not consider
Jesus as God.
are those who do not look to Jesus for their own salvation,
preferring to look to esoteric eastern religions or New
are those who acknowledge Jesus, but do not live out or
even reject his wisdom for their lives.
are those who do not appreciate that Jesus is truly their
brother, who walks with them and is intimately involved
in their day-to-day lives.
are the so-called Christian nations of the West that have
rejected him and are trying to eradicate him from society.
are those who are dominated by fear, even as the Prince
of Peace has already entered into their lives.
there are those who believe in him but still lack the faith
that works wonders.
we have the faith that can work wonders?