It’s Harder To Deliver A Message When The People Have Known You Forever

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

Gospel – 7/31/20 – Matthew 13:54-58

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.
They were astonished and said,
“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary
and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us?
Where did this man get all this?”
And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.”
And he did not work many mighty deeds there
because of their lack of faith.

Dear Diary, every time I prepare to write one of these reflections, I can’t help but fear how the message will be taken. Why?

Because, I was not always what I am today. When I was younger, I certainly dreamed a different path. I also treated people differently today. I was . . . shall we say, somewhat more self absorbed.

So it doesn’t surprise me at all when people don’t respond to what I heard him say. But it does set a chill in my heart thinking maybe I shouldn’t try to be his mouthpiece.

Yet, here I am because I feel compelled to write. Even if there are those who can’t accept what comes through me and out of my fingers or mouth.

I know what Jesus is experiencing with the doubt cast upon him because people knew him before. I am no prophet, obviously. But sometimes God uses the broken to carry his message.

Jesus wasn’t broken but he knew the feeling of isolation from his own area. I trust that God will continue to use me until I am no longer needed.

I know, I will not try to be the modern day Jonah. If he has a message and chooses me as the tool to deliver it . . . well, it will be found here.

No leviathan needed.

One thought on “It’s Harder To Deliver A Message When The People Have Known You Forever

  1. You make a good point. People who know you – who’ve known you for years and years – sometimes read between the lines. On the one hand, they can usually tell when you’re joking vs. when to take you seriously. On the other hand, they may not allow for the kind of growth and change you mention, because maybe it means you’re moving away from the “herd” and that makes them uncomfortable. You were “one of them” and now, you think that because you were one of them, you can show them the error of their ways – or just a better way – and they’ll be receptive. But maybe it means that they now feel judged, and their first reaction is defensive. “Hey, you. You’re just one of us – where do you get off telling US what to do?”

    I never really thought about it this much, so thank you for that. But I think it helps me to understand, or put into perspective, a lot of things, lately. It would be a shame for people to remain silent, and not to work many great deeds, because of others’ lack of faith (or unwillingness to hear).


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